Stuart Pearce dismisses England's World Cup chances

Manager Stuart Pearce of England during UEFA European U21 Championships on June 11, 2013
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Stuart Pearce claims that England won't make it beyond the World Cup quarter-finals.

Former England defender Stuart Pearce believes that the Three Lions won't progress beyond the quarter-finals at this summer's World Cup.

Roy Hodgson's side are in Group D alongside Italy, Uruguay and Costa Rica, and while the former left-back thinks that the national side will advance, he claimed that they will be eliminated at the last-eight stage in Brazil.

Speaking to Sky Sports News, he said: "It'll be difficult going to that continent, I went three years ago with the Under-20 squad to Colombia, and the heat, the humidity and the altitude was tough there. For a European side, that'll be tough.

"I think there's a nice balance in the squad age-wise, I really do, and I can see them getting out the group, but beyond the quarter-finals, I don't see it."

Pearce will take over as Nottingham Forest boss next season.

England manager Roy Hodgson looks on at the start of the international friendly football match between England and Scotland on August 14, 2013
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