LONDON (Sporting Alert) — Brazilian forward Neymar is confident England are not one of the main threats for the hosts at 2014 World Cup.
The two heavyweights face-off in a friendly international at Wembley on Wednesday night and Neymar believes the Three Lions are too reliant on striker Wayne Rooney to be a major force at the major tournament.
The 21-year-old Santos FC attacker thinks World Cup and European champions Spain and fellow South American giants Argentina, are Brazil’s biggest rivals.
“England are a good team with some very good players but I don’t look at them as one of our main rivals for the World Cup,” said Neymar.
“Do I think they have the same quality as Spain and Argentina? No. I think maybe they rely on Wayne Rooney.
“Brazil have many players who can win the game and it’s the same with Argentina. If Messi is not having a great game, they still have Aguero and Tevez.
“If Iniesta is having a bad game, Spain have Xavi and Villa. Once you look past Rooney you don’t see an obvious player who can win a game for England.”
Coach Luiz Felipe Scolari named a very strong Brazil team to tackle England, which included Neymar and veteran Ronaldinho and the Santos FC star is excited by the prospect of playing with the former Barcelona star.
“I think he [Scolari] made exactly the right decision to bring Ronaldinho back,” Neymar said.
“He is not just one of the best players of recent years but one of the best players to ever play the game. For three years he was the best player in the world.
“He has won everything with Brazil and also during his time at Barcelona – he brings a lot to the team.”