Michael Owen has predicted the winner of the 2018 World Cup

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Several nations will head to Russia believing that they can win the tournament.

Germany are the hosts and Joachim Low is so confident in his squad that he decided to leave Leroy Sane out. France’s squad is filled with talent and Didier Deschamps’ side will certainly be taken seriously.

Then there’s Spain, who will be eager to make up for their horrendous showing four years ago in Brazil.

But in the opinion of former England international Michael Owen, neither of those three nations will be successful this time around.

Owen believes that Brazil, whose 2014 World Cup ended in such disappointment, will bounce back and lift their first trophy since 2002.

“They’ve two brilliant goalkeepers, they’ve got defenders and they have that array of attacking talent with Neymar, Gabriel Jesus and Philippe Coutinho,” Owen said.

“France obviously have a lot of good players but I’m a bit sceptical about them in tournaments.

Brazil couldn’t deliver when they were the hosts but with Neymar back and the attack firing on all cylinders, this could certainly be their year.

As for England, Owen expects Gareth Southgate’s side to reach the quarter-finals.

“We’ve been blessed with the draw and, if we don’t get into the quarter-finals, I think there will be big questions asked,” the former Liverpool striker added. 

“But I do like our manager, I like our system and we have a couple of match winners in there.

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