The World Cup is going to be “very special,” according to Neymar, who left England off of his list of tournament favorites.
In his words before to the Selecao’s Global Cup campaign in Qatar, Neymar welcomed the idea of the Selecao capturing a sixth world championship. The 30-year-old has also discussed Brazil’s top challengers, and his list excludes England, who finished second in the 2020 race.
”The ones I played in are special for me, one of them because Brazil hosted and the other one because it was my second World Cup. And I believe this one will also be very special,” Neymar said in an interview with The Guardian. ”The World Cup is full of surprises. You get teams that unexpectedly get very far even in the competition even if many don’t believe in them. But I believe the favourites are Argentina, Germany, Spain and France. I think those four along with Brazil are fully capable of reaching the final.”
Pressed on England’s chances of competing for the trophy, Neymar replied: ”I really forgot about England but obviously they have a chance!”
Neymar’s home country’s tournament in 2014 came to an emotional end when a major back injury he sustained in the quarterfinal ruined his participation. He is perhaps at the height of his abilities at the age of 30, and he leads a Brazil team that many believe is capable of capturing the trophy once more.