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Sir Bobby Charlton can't see English success in 2014

England’s record goalscorer Sir Bobby Charlton has written off the current national side’s chances of success at the 2014 World Cup.

As Roy Hodgson’s side prepare for their first qualification match against Moldova on Friday, the team have been doubted by an England legend.

“You cannot see it happening in Brazil,” said the 1966 World Cup winner.

Charlton, 74, has sympathy for Hodgson. “I feel sorry for the England manager, whoever he is, as he simply doesn’t have enough players to choose from.”

Charlton’s opinions differ from his assertion ahead of England’s last eight clash with Italy at Euro 2012, when he claimed Hodgson’s side could win the tournament.

England will be without Wayne Rooney for their opening two qualifying games against Moldova and Ukraine in the next few days due to a gashed leg he suffered in Manchester United’s 3-2 win over Fulham almost a fortnight ago.

Charlton, who spent the majority of his playing career at Old Trafford, said he is ‘sure’ Rooney will break his record of 49 goals for England.

He said: “I feel sure Wayne is the player most capable of breaking my record of 49 goals, which has stood the test of time.

“If anyone is going to get the record, then it’s going to be Wayne Rooney. He’s good enough and he is still young enough.”

By Josh Harris

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