Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho says he was pleased to see England seal World Cup spot
Jose Mourinho admits he was pleased to see England secure their qualification for next summer’s World Cup – and says the competition wouldn’t be the same without the Three Lions.
The Chelsea manager and self-confessed Anglophile was watching on as Roy Hodgson’s side beat both Poland and Montenegro at Wembley in the last week to seal their place in Brazil.
And the Portuguese, who saw Chelsea stars Gary Cahill and Frank Lampard involved in both of the Wembley qualifiers, says the tournament will only be better with England competing in it.
"A World Cup without England is not a World Cup,” said the former Inter Milan and Real Madrid boss.
"They are one of the big football countries and, even if at one moment the team is not at a high level, England always have to be in a World Cup.
"I didn't celebrate on Tuesday by jumping up and down or drinking because that's not in my nature but inside I was happy.
"England deserved to qualify and the tournament will be better for having them there.
"With the pressure of the last two matches which they had to win, they coped well.
"Part of me was happy my Chelsea players won't have the pressure of the play-offs in November and can play two friendlies instead, rather than worrying about Brazil.”
Mourinho has also offered his advice to FA Chairman Greg Dyke and the Commission that has been set up to look into giving England a better chance of success in future competitions.
He told The Guardian: "If they want to speak with me, I will give them my opinion.
"If you concentrate on the here and now - not on the future in three or four years' time - on the group of players at Roy Hodgson's disposal to play at the World Cup, then England have more than enough.”