Iran coach Carlos Queiroz has claimed that the current England squad is the best since the Three Lions won the FIFA World Cup in 1966.
Queiroz prepares his Iranian team to face England on Monday at Khalifa International Stadium in the opening match of the World Cup.
The former Real Madrid coach was quick to dampen expectations about the match in his press conference, insisting his side will face an all-time great side, the Three Lions:
“It’s the most important game of our lives, first of all because it’s the next game, and the next game is always the most important for coaches and players’ lives. But it’s also a unique opportunity, even for me, and I have 200 caps.
“But it’s the first time I’ve had the chance to play against England. And for the majority of our players, playing against England is like magic, a unique opportunity, a gift, because in terms of the international calendar it’s almost impossible to play England or Germany.
“This new generation that Gareth Southgate is bringing to the national team is in my opinion probably the most talented and most competitive England national team since 1966.”
Queiroz added: “This team is very functional, very pragmatic, very realistic. I work with Gil Rio (Ferdinand), (Paul) Scholes, (David) Beckham, all these guys. But this really national team is really different. Because they have a realistic approach to anything. One game which makes them very dangerous.”
Iran will also face the USMNT and Wales in Group B at this winter’s tournament in Qatar.
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