Bernstein: England players are "world class"

FA chairman David Bernstein believes England has sufficient quality to challenge for honours at the upcoming 2014 World Cup.

Football News: England

By FOX SPORTS staff

The Three Lions pulled off a credible 2-2 draw against Brazil during a recent exhibition match, raising hopes that Roy Hodgson's men might not be as far behind other international footballing powerhouses as previously feared.

Bernstein, who will step down from his position as head of The FA at the end of the summer told The Daily Telegraph that a team brimming with top quality players from the Premier League simply has to be considered one of the frontrunners for the 2014 World Cup.

"You have favourites who blast their way through and teams like Spain who are a fantastic side and then you have a side like Denmark who won the Euros out of the blue [in 1992]. How else can an England team approach a major competition other than coming to win it?" he stated.

"Any player playing for England is ‘world class’ by definition. You don’t get into the England side unless you are a top, top player and a top Premier League player and we know the quality and level of the Premier League."

England are currently two points behind Montenegro in their qualifying group for the competition and will have to secure a place in Brazil without the services of leading central defenders John Terry and Rio Ferdinand. Bernstein believed the duo's decision to call time on their international careers was premature and would cost them a place in their country's history books.

"I find it surprising that a top player wouldn’t want to play for his country as long as he can. We have examples like Frank Lampard and Steven Gerrard who have both shown an enormous passion and pride. It should be the greatest honour. We all know that great players can only achieve real greatness when they’ve done their thing at international level as well as club level," he pointed out.

"The Bobby Moores and Bobby Charltons, those great players of the past, are perceived as they are now, all these years later, because they were fine club players but magnificent players for their country."



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