Brazil talent Neymar has named Italy as one of the contenders for the 2014 World Cup, but “England I don’t even think about.”
The striker, who signed for Barcelona this week, made the comments ahead of tomorrow’s friendly between Brazil and England in Rio de Janeiro.
“I have respect for a lot of the England players as they have achieved great things at their clubs,” Neymar told The Sun.
“But, as a national team, I don’t look at England and think they are going to be a real threat at the World Cup.
“We want to win the World Cup in front of our home fans and the two nations I look at as a real threat are Germany and Spain. After that it’s a group including Argentina, Holland, Italy and one or two more.
“But England I don’t even think about.”
Italy will face Brazil in the Confederations Cup on June 26, as they are in Group A along with Japan and Mexico.
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