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Moldova play down shock hopes

Moldova's coach has poured cold water on any hope his team have on upsetting England in Friday's World Cup qualifier at Wembley.

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Moldova: Will they be celebrating at Wembley Friday night?

Moldova: Will they be celebrating at Wembley Friday night?

Roy Hodgson's team lie in second spot in Group H and could end the night topping the group if results go their way, while the visitors are fifth having picked up five points in their opening seven fixtures.

"I am very happy to be here," Ion Caras said. "There have been a lot of great players and great teams in this world who have never had the luck to play in this stadium but we are now amongst the lucky ones to play an official game in this stadium.

"I was talking about the lucky parts of the draw but the bad one is that the other team, England, are far too good for us, unfortunately. In football a lot of things are possible and both teams have their chances.

"I do realise that our chances are very, very small - that is hard to accept but it is like this. We will try very hard, I will tell you that, but we will see the outcome on the pitch."

England are without a number of their regular line-up due to injuries but even the prospect of facing a team missing the likes of Wayne Rooney has not boosted the hopes of Caras.

"We know that the England manager had a great squad, I know there are a lot of injured players but they can be replaced quite well in such a squad," the 62-year-old added.

"Maybe some other teams, the ones who are a bit closer to the level of England, would be able to cause them trouble but I don't think we will be able

to do this."

Friday's fixture will see England take to the field for the first time since new Football Association chairman Greg Dyke set the challenge of winning the

2022 World Cup in Qatar.

Caras feels Hodgson's squad is good enough to win the tournament even before Dyke's self-imposed deadline.

When asked if England would have to be considered contenders, Caras replied.

"Of course, why not?

"The English Premier League is one of the best in the world and most of the English national players play in the Premier League - I really don't see a reason why England should not have a chance to win it."

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lassic management. Build them up and then knock them back. Raise expectations and then dampen them. Create a dynamic where by you demand the most from your team, but where the team are given room to manoeuvre unexpected or unwanted results. Classy work by Van Gaal, he really reminds me a lot of me. A smart cookie, make no doubt.

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e will be the England left back for ten years or more, and then you will have to thank MUFC for that. *smiles*

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urely because of that little diva moment he had last night, I don't want him coming to my club. DESTROYED ? Grow up and give something back to the club that helped put you up there on the world stage.

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