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WORLD CUP FOCUS: Britton on England's expectations

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07:00 12th June 2014

. . . Leon gives his verdict as World Cup prepares to kick off


Finally, the wait is over. The 2014 World Cup kicks off today!
Hosts Brazil get the tournament underway when they take on Croatia in Sao Paolo at 9pm (GMT).
Swansea City's interest will be focussed on the fortunes of Holland's Michel Vorm, Ivory Coast striker Wilfried Bony and South Korean midfielder Ki Sung-Yueng.
In the build-up to the tournament, we have brought you interviews with the Swans players involved in the the showcase along with members of Garry Monk's squad who are following the fortunes of their nations.
Following on from interviews with Michel Vorm, Wilfried Bony, Pablo Hernandez and Gerhard Tremmel, Leon Britton looks at how he thinks England will fare in Brazil.


"It’s a tough group but I think England have the quality to get through.
"The first game against Italy is massive for their hopes of progressing.
"Italy are a strong team with a great history in the tournament, but in England’s point of view it’s a must-not lose match.
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England’s hopes?
"It will be interesting to see how England do, but I think you would take the quarter-finals.
"In past tournaments maybe the expectations have been way too high and that’s created an unnecessary amount of pressure on the management and squad.
"The South American teams will be more accustomed to the climate so it should be pretty tough out there for England.
"But a place in the last eight for England would be a good effort.
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Key man?
"Wayne Rooney. He’s a top player and a lot has been made of him not producing his best on the biggest stage for England, but he has so much class and if he plays to his full potential then England will be a big threat.
"He scored a lot of goals for Manchester United in the season just gone and hopefully he will continue that in the World Cup.
"When opposition players look at England, I think they will see Rooney as the main man to stop.
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Roger Milla

Favourite World Cup moment?
"Italia ’90. I remember watching England against Cameroon in the quarter-finals. It was a great game, and Gary Lineker forced extra-time with a penalty, before winning it with another penalty.
"There was a great buzz about the Cameroon team, and in particular the impact Roger Milla made.
"It was just a great tournament overall, and that game stands out for me.
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