Barton blasts Dyke and Rooney

Joey Barton, pictured, believes England have no world class players to call upon this summer in Brazil

Joey Barton, pictured, believes England have no world class players to call upon this summer in Brazil

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Joey Barton has dismissed England's chances of winning the World Cup and insists Football Association chairman Greg Dyke should have been sacked for his cut-throat gesture at the draw in December.

In a scathing assessment of Roy Hodgson's team, the controversial QPR midfielder claimed the England coach does not possess a single world class player and attacked the attitude of Wayne Rooney.

"If the coach doesn't believe, the organisation doesn't believe, if the media don't believe, the players... nobody believes we can win it. So we're not going to win it," Barton told BBC Radio 5 live Sport.

"When you see Greg Dyke's reaction to the World Cup draw, for me that said everything I need to know.

"I'd have sacked him on the spot. He's probably a great human being and a nice person.

"He'd have been dismissed on the spot because if he doesn't believe we can win it, what is the point in taking part?"

Barton, who made his solitary England appearance in 2007, is also highly critical of Manchester United striker Rooney.

"Our players aren't world class. They are not world class," Barton said.

"Rooney could have been world class but look at his mentality compared to Cristiano Ronaldo. Polar opposites.

"Why does Ronaldo achieve what he achieves and Rooney doesn't? When you see Wayne Rooney smoking cigarettes, does he live his life correctly?

"From the questions I've asked of players who have worked with both....he (Ronaldo) is in the gym or honing his game.

"The level of discipline he has for his chosen profession is the reason he is the best player in the world at the present time, and that's the reason Rooney isn't."

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12:48pm Thu 3 Apr 14

BRFC4LIFE83 says...

100% correct joey barton about time someone told the truth about rooney he has 10 good games a season scores 1 stunner every 3 years but gets treated like a legend a world class player decides games week in week out against all teams big or small rooney does neither for england or manchester united
100% correct joey barton about time someone told the truth about rooney he has 10 good games a season scores 1 stunner every 3 years but gets treated like a legend a world class player decides games week in week out against all teams big or small rooney does neither for england or manchester united BRFC4LIFE83
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