England’s ‘per-fect’ base

Former England manager Glenn Hoddle
believes that the Three Lions have the best training base among the competitors
for the 2010 World Cup.

There were fears over the
construction delays with regard to the base, but the Tottenham Hotspur legend’s
assessment has been a positive one.

“It’s great. It really is a
top quality training camp,” he told BBC Sport, while describing the
Bafokeng Sports Campus as “the best facility any of the nations have

This is comforting news for England
stars like Steven Gerrard, Wayne Rooney and Frank Lampard who will be under
pressure to bring the World Cup back.

The Three Lions have been largely
viewed as pretenders to emerge triumphant in the showpiece event in South Africa,
but Hoddle believes that there can be many a slip between cup and lip for the
favourites, which could in turn see England go all the way.

“Brazil and Spain are clearly
the favourites but things can go wrong for them – Spain have never been in this
position going into a tournament so it will be interesting to see how they
cope,” he said.

“But outside those two there
are probably six or seven nations who could win it and England are one of

“When I say we could win it,
it’s about playing seven matches, getting the rub of the green and keeping your
key players fit, that’s important. Italy proved that in 2006.

“So it will be a test for us
but yes we can win it. We’ve got a good team, it remains to be seen if we have
we a great team. They’ve got a chance to prove that and make history.”

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