Rio Ferdinand names the only team that can stop England from winning the World Cup

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Rio Ferdinand has backed England to win the World Cup and has named the only team that can stop Gareth Southgate’s side in Qatar.

“I watched France play [Poland] before the England game and I had them down as one of my favourites,” Ferdinand said on the FIVE YouTube channel.

“But they’ve got five first-team players missing so it’s a weakened France team. Having watched that game, I hold zero amounts of fear for France. The only fear is Kylian Mbappe.

“They didn’t show me anything yesterday, they rely on individuals. If England can contain Mbappe, I don’t see it being a problem against France.

“England played against the African champions [Senegal] by the way. France beat Poland, who have been so poor in this tournament.

“England are the better team, 100%. I think England are going to win the World Cup.

“The only team I think can go toe to toe with England is Brazil. They’ve got the personality and the characters to do that. They’ve got hardened European players.

“I see weaknesses all over the place in the other teams and I think England can physically dominate the other teams.”