Erling Haaland names his four favourites to lift the World Cup

The Manchester City man is the latest to predict the World Cup winners

Erling Haaland has revealed that he backs four nations to lift the World Cup this winter, admitting that he cannot narrow it down any further due to how close he expects the competition to be.

The Manchester City striker, who only made the move to the Premier League this summer, has been in red hot goalscoring form so far this campaign, netting 18 times in the opening 14 games of the season.

Though it has only been good enough to take Manchester City to second place over the break for the World Cup, they will be grateful that Haaland will not be heading to Qatar, with Norway having failed to qualify for the tournament, coming third in a group containing Turkey and the Netherlands.

It means that the star man will be resting up for the second half of the season, likely watching the World Cup on TV like many fans across the globe.

And, when quizzed on who he expected to win the tournament, the 22 year old gave a typically broad answer.

“I think the favourites should be Brazil, Argentina, France and maybe England”, he explained.

“I can’t just say one, because there are so many good teams”.

He becomes the latest star to back the four countries, with Lionel Messi earlier predicting that “Brazil, France and England ... are a little above the rest but anything can happen.”

Meanwhile, Paris Saint Germain teammate Neymar offered the same ideas, saying “the favourites are Argentina, Germany, Spain and France”, before adding that “I really forgot about England but obviously they have a chance”.

The trio are all backing Brazil and France for strong tournaments, with the latter having to overcome the Champions curse should they wish to fulfil these predictions, becoming the first defending champions to make it out of the group stages since 2006.

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