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Lothar Matthaus tips "fearless" England to reach World Cup final

Matthaus tips England to reach final
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Lothar Matthaus describes England as a "fearless" side and expects them to come up against Brazil in this month's World Cup final.

World Cup-winning captain Lothar Matthaus has predicted that this year's final in Moscow will be contested between England and Brazil.

The Three Lions have been handed a favourable route in Russia, knowing that victory over Sweden this weekend will set up a semi-final against either Russia or Croatia.

Brazil have a trickier draw, as one of France or Uruguay await should they see off Belgium at the Kazan Arena on Friday evening.

Matthaus cannot see past an England vs. Brazil final on July 15, telling German outlet Bild: "I expect Brazil versus England in the final, because France and Belgium are on the same side of the draw as Brazil and these teams will knock each other out.

"[England] have a young squad with a high culture of playing football, with a lot of speed and a great striker like Harry Kane. Their trust in their own abilities seems to be huge. The team is fearless and also benefits from the great coaches who work with them in the Premier League."

Matthaus skippered West Germany to World Cup glory at Italia '90 - one of a joint-record five World Cups that he competed in.


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