Luiz Felipe Scolari feels young players are improving England squad
Luiz Felipe Scolari believes England can qualify for the World Cup finals if they make the most of their young players.
Last Updated: 02/06/13 9:32am
Scolari feels England have progressed in recent times but still have plenty to do to seal their place in next summer's tournament, which will be hosted by Brazil.
England trail Montenegro in Group H by two points and are also being challenged by Poland and Ukraine, who are four points behind but have played one game fewer.
"England beat us in London but they are struggling to get to the World Cup so it is an important game," Scolari said ahead of the friendly between the two sides at the Maracana on Sunday.
"The English team has good players and although they have not been not winning they have a renewed team and good technical players.
"You can see that the young players their coach has selected have responded well.
"In the last 10 to 15 years England has improved a lot technically and I think we will see a good game - not long balls.
"Now this coach has put many young players in his team and maybe now the national team for England is better than before, even if other teams are still ahead - Spain, Germany... maybe even Brazil..."
Scolari has picked a youthful squad himself and he hopes Neymar, who recently completed a move to Barcelona, will be at his best after recent distractions.
He added: Scolari: "There was a slight concern but since he joined up with the squad he has been excellent. In training today we saw he has recovered well from his week.
"I think it will be a great day for Neymar on Sunday - everything is now decided and he just has to play and I think it will be very good for him. It is not just about him, he has 10 other players and he is a team player.
"He's very happy to play for Barcelona and for Brazil - he has no load on his shoulders whatsoever. He won't have extra responsibility at Barcelona, they know how to share that responsibility with other great players such as Messi."