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Watch: There's a part of Northern Irish psyche that wants England to win the World Cup, admits Rory McIlroy

The Northern Irish golfer gave a pensive answer to a football question at his Irish Open press conference

By Gareth Hanna

Rory McIlroy reckons there's a part of our Northern Irish psyche that would like England to win the World Cup.

The Holywood golfer is preparing to host the Irish Open at Ballyliffin but still has his thoughts on the world's biggest sporting news.

England, of course, sneaked past Columbia on penalties and into the World Cup quarter-finals last night and McIlroy admits he wouldn't mind seeing them go all the way.

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"It is good to see someone from the Home Nations very well," he said. It's great they got through the penalty shoot-out last night. I thought Harry Kane was tremendous to step up and take that first one.

"I think they have got a great draw. I think Sweden is as good as they could have hoped for in the quarterfinals. They have got a good chance.

"As much as we say we don't want England to win, there's a part of us that would and I think it would be great.

"But there's a long way to go. I still think France are the favourites and we'll see what happens."

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