Man United legend Sir Bobby Charlton can’t see England lifting World Cup

England legend Sir Bobby Charlton believes the Premier League's foreign invasion has hampered the Three Lions' chances of success

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Sir Bobby Charlton has warned that the Premier League’s foreign invasion has put paid to any hopes of England ever winning another major trophy.

The former Manchester United attacker was part of the Three Lions’ legendary side that won the World Cup in 1966, which remains a solitary piece of silverware in 150 years’ existence.

And speaking at SoccerEx’s European forum in Manchester, Charlton believes that any hope of England scaling the heights of that triumph 47 years ago is a ‘fool’s errand’.

He said: “Most of you here will be wondering when we are going to win it [the World Cup] again. I worry about that as well.

“People respect the English game and the footballers who play the English game, but I worry a bit. Every time a newspaper asks me if England can win the World Cup, I feel obliged to say they have a chance.

“But it’s a fool’s errand. We need good players and if all the spaces in the English game are taken by foreign players, we don’t have a chance.

“I’m not saying that’s not fair, but it’s hard to see us winning a World Cup when you see that quality [of foreign players].

“Spain are the team to beat for me.”

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