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Hughton on England

Posted on 1 June 2002  - 12:00

Tottenham Hotspur (Spurs) Football Club is located in North London. The club is also known as Spurs. Tottenham's home ground is White Hart Lane. The club motto is Audere est Facere (To dare is to do).

Chris Hughton tips England to enjoy a successful World Cup but, unlike Gary Doherty, feels they may be stronger next time around.

He says the England squad has the ability to reach the latter stages but first there is the small matter of progressing out of a particularly challenging group.

"It is a tough group," agreed Chris.

"I also have mixed feelings with England. Certainly from an ability point of view there is an awful lot in the side and I've no doubts they are capable of having a very good World Cup.

"Even to reach the semi-finals is having a very, very good one. But they're in a very, very tough, tough group.

"I read in the papers someone saying they were two years early, possibly four years early - and they have some fabulous young players.

"Owen is still a young man, even your Ferdinands and Browns - I think in four years time they will be at their peak.

"Whether that will be the case or not, I don't know. I can certainly see them doing well, but the thing with England is that you just never know."

Chris feels that expectations tend to get a bit high where England are concerned, but says it is only because there are such good players available.

"That comes with having quality players. If you went through the favourites, the Argentinians, the French, Italy - on paper the England side would be on par, as a squad, with the better nations and not too far away from the starting X1.

"So the expectations levels unfortunately come with that. That's what happens when you have your Beckhams, Scholes and Owens who can perform extremely well on the football pitch - expectation comes with it."

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