It appeared that England’s friendly with Chile on Friday may have gotten some added spice thanks to some edgy comments by a star Chilean player.
Instead, we find out the interview was another fabrication in the shameful history of English tabloids.
The interview published by the The Daily Express in which Alexis Sanchez was quoted with calling the English squad soft was confirmed as a fake by both Barcelona and Alexis Sanchez, according to Sky and AS reporter Guillem Balague.
According to the article in the Express, Barcelona’s Chilean striker Alexis Sanchez hit out at the English players, saying the country’s first-world lifestyle will mean their players aren’t gritty enough to win the World Cup.
“We are a tougher team than England,” the Daily Express quoted Sanchez. “The problem for teams like England is that everything is so easy for them. They join these academies at maybe 10 or 11 years old and everything is done for them. I used to wash cars for such little money just so I had enough money to buy my football boots. When you are at academies like Manchester United and Arsenal then everything is just given to you.
“If I had failed I would be working 15-hour days on construction sites and still not be earning enough to live. Football saved me, and I don’t think any England players could say that. I don’t think England can win the World Cup. They have some very good players but are probably not at the level where they can beat the best.”
England striker Rickie Lambert hit back at the supposed comments, saying, “You can’t buy motivation like that.”
For England ahead of the friendly, captain Steven Gerrard has been ruled out with a hip injury, giving Adam Lallana’s chances for his international debut a boost. Michael Carrick is out for up to six weeks with an Achillies problem, and Roy Hodgson also said Kyle Walker will be a no-go due to injury.