England will flop at World Cup - Everton & South Africa's Steven Pienaar

17 March 2010 10:00
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STEVEN PIENAAR has cranked up the psychological pressure on his team-mate and potential South Africa 2010 rival Leighton Baines by declaring that England are likely to be World Cup flops.

The midfielder is set to star on home soil in the summer tournament, and could line up against his partner on Everton's left flank Baines, who is tipped for inclusion in Fabio Capello's squad.

But although he rates the Three Lions performances under the Italian boss so far, Pienaar, 27, believes other teams will still fancy their chances of beating them.

He said: 'They have got the players and they've got a manager (Capello) who's finally got them to play as a team.

'I'm not a fan of the England team. I think teams can get a result against England.

'They have a reason to feel confident, definitely, because in the past there were egos in their team but they play as a team now, no more about individuals.

'But we have to wait and see if they can live up to the challenge. We have to do it on the field and not in the newspapers.

Despite his admiration for Capello, Pienaar has tipped Germany, Italy, Argentina and European champions Spain to fight it out for the Jules Rimet Trophy.

He said: 'I have always said Argentina. Spain is also in the mix and you can never rule out Italy and Germany. Italy know how to win tournaments and the Germans have a good team, so they also have a chance to win it.'

Source: Liverpool_Echo