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Jose Mourinho feels England have got the talent to win next year's World Cup

Jose Mourinho has exclusively told Sky Sports News that England have the potential to lift the World Cup in Russia next summer.

Gareth Southgate's side continued preparations for the finals in 2018 with goalless draws against champions Germany and five-time winners Brazil at Wembley.

A number of players with little experience on the international stage featured in both matches and Mourinho believes that mix of experience will stand England in good stead.

Eric Dier of England celebrates as he scores their first goal during the FIFA 2018 World Cup Qualifier between England and Slovakia
Image: England were unbeaten in qualifying for the World Cup

"I think England must have a chance because the players are really good," said the Manchester United boss. "There's a great generation of players at different ages and with different qualities.

"They have good experience at club level, playing in the Premier League and plenty of them play in the Champions League too.

"England have great potential to do something important."

Mourinho, however, warned England, who next play friendlies against Netherlands and Italy in March, not to expect things to all go their own way and says there are a number of other sides who could become champions.

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England captain Bobby Moore running a lap of honour around Wembley Stadium after England beat West Germany in the World Cup Final 4 - 2, 30th July 1966. (P
Image: England have not won the World Cup since they beat West Germany at Wembley in 1966

The Portuguese added: "In South America there are a couple of important teams, in Europe the same three or four so I can't believe next summer we will have a huge surprise."

The draw for the World Cup group stages takes place on Friday, December 1 in Moscow and you can follow it live on Sky Sports' digital platforms.

Mourinho, a Jaguar ambassador, was speaking exclusively to Sky Sports News after making a surprise visit to the Jaguar Land Rover factory in Solihull where he oversaw production of the 100,000th F-Pace.

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