Arsenal goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny believes England are contenders for the World Cup after the Three Lions beat Poland to book their place in Brazil.
Poland No.1 made a string of impressive saves at Wembley on Tuesday
night but could not prevent Roy Hodgson's men claiming first place in
Group H, courtesy of goals from Wayne Rooney and Steven Gerrard.
the game Szczesny admitted he was impressed by the English performance,
and believes they will be genuine contenders in Brazil.
"They can go all the way," he told reporters. "I thought offensively England were fantastic.
are also solid in defence now, so if they keep going like that and can
improve a bit more, then surely they will have a chance at the World
"If they can go to Brazil with the same attitude which beat
us, then they will be one of the favourites, and I think they believe
they are. I hope they can do very well."
"They created a lot of
chances, which was probably good for me as it meant I could make a
couple of good saves, but I am obviously very disappointed about the
Szczesny went on to admit that with the absence of his
Poland at the World Cup finals, his allegiance lies with his country of
"Obviously if I was there I would be hoping Poland
could win it, but I will be hoping that England can now go all the way
and win it," he continued.
"There are no realistic targets when you go to the World Cup, you just want to win and make your dream come true."