Brazil and Real Madrid playmaker Kaka has sensationally backed England to win next year’s World Cup in South Africa.
Kaka, who is in Qatar for this Saturday’s high-profile friendly between Brazil and England, believes Three Lions boss Fabio Capello now has his charges working effectively as a team, something that was evident during England’s impressive World Cup qualifying campaign, and a trait that Kaka knows will make them a major threat at next summer’s global gathering.
“They have cruised through the European qualifiers in a group that was not easy at all,” Kaka told The Guardian.
“I don’t think anybody expected them to go through so strongly, especially with the two emphatic defeats of Croatia. It’s not to say England weren’t a dangerous team before, but there is something different now. They look much sharper collectively, like Mr Capello’s sides are known to be.
“What seems to have changed is the arrival of a better collective awareness.
“The players look much more aware with regards to movements and positioning. The attitude is also stronger.
“They are definitely one of the teams to consider for the trophy in South Africa. As much as the Doha game will award no points, it can work as a massive confidence boost when you beat an opponent also tipped to prevail next year.”
“England have always had individually strong players and I am a huge fan of Stevie Gerrard, who has the heart of a lion and is the icon of the modern footballer with his ability to attack and defend so well.”
“The World Cup is a competition in which everything needs to work for your advantage. Players need to be fit, decisions have to go in your favour and details such as a red card can cost a team dearly. I have no doubts that England can do it.”