: Gary Lineker tells Southgate to 'write off' hopes of winning World Cup in Russia

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Gary Lineker has said that Gareth Southgate should 'write off' the idea of winning the World Cup and use this tournament to blood the youngsters who could genuinely lift the trophy in Qatar, four years from now.

 

The BBC's World Cup front man, who won the Golden Boot at Mexico 86, said: 'We have not, at present, got the world-class players that you need. You need half your team to be world class to be serious favorites in a competition like this.'

 

With nothing to lose, it was time to throw in Chelsea's Ruben Loftus-Cheek, 22, Liverpool's Trent Alexander-Arnold, 19, and even Fulham's 17-year-old Ryan Sessegnon, Lineker reflected.

 

'I would sell this on youngsters. I would take total pressure off them. I would say, This is all about experience. We are not going to do particularly well. We are not going to win this World Cup. I would play lots of these talented young players.’

 

'In 4 years we are going to be a serious force in world football. There's no question about that. We have so many young players who have already been successful. But let's write it off, because we haven't realistically got what it takes.'

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