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Biting Back: Football Association's chief executive takes the biscuit

England manager Roy Hodgson
England manager Roy Hodgson

You've got to admire the optimism of the Football Association’s new chief executive.

Martin Glenn expects England to win the 2022 World Cup in Qatar!

The 54-year-old, who has spent most of his career in the food industry, says: “Winning the World Cup in 2022 is not a pie-in-the-sky hope. It is the kind of ambition that should catalyse all ambitions to do things a bit differently.”

The former chief executive of United Biscuits should stop now before we start choking with laughter.

I’m happy for individuals to dream big dreams but let’s be frank. England haven’t done a great deal on the international stage since 1966 to suggest they can conquer the world in Qatar, where the players are really going to have to sweat for the cause.

It’s hard to predict anything in this game but England disappointment in a major tournament, usually courtesy of a heartbreaking penalty shoot-out, is never far away.

The FA have now appointed eight chief executives in 17 years as they struggle to secure success.

Glenn even compared England’s quest for a second World Cup win to President John F Kennedy’s 1962 declaration that the United States would put a man on the moon.

So there you have it. England will finally get it right in 2022. Keep the faith.

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