“The chances are always the same. England has fantastic players, now a new coach, it will be amazing," Ronaldo said at a Castrol event
At its last major tournament, England failed to make a great impact as it crashed out to Germany in the first knockout round of the 2010 FIFA World Cup, but after missing out on the last European Championships, Ronaldo believes it will be strong this time around.
The former Manchester United winger is certain the Three Lions will be among the teams vying to leave Poland & Ukraine with the title, claiming they have one of the best teams on Earth.
“I always expect England to win a big tournament. England is always there because always has one of the best teams in the world. They will be top,” Ronaldo stated.
Hodgson was unveiled as the nation’s new coach in early May following the resignation of Fabio Capello in February, and although Ronaldo admits he doesn’t know a great deal about the former Liverpool boss, he hopes he does well.
“I don’t know him very well. But to be in the England national team has to be good, so let’s watch what England can do in the Euros," Ronaldo said.
“I hope he’ll do well. I have a lot of fans there, and it’s a country I like a lot. I wish the best for England, for the coach, the players and the country.”
During the group stages, Ronaldo and his Portuguese teammates will be facing Germany, the nation who knocked it out at the quarterfinal stage of Euro 2008, but the 27-year-old insists revenge is not on his agenda.
“No, I don’t think so [revenge not on his mind]. I don’t believe in revenge,” he said.
“It will be interesting because we had difficult times against them and it will be difficult. But things change, and I hope in these Euros we could change that mark and win the Germany team.
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