Guus Hiddink: I’ll beat England, and then maybe I’ll coach England.

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76219939.jpgFirst it was defender Tal Ben Haim , ‘smirking’ as he trained with his Chelsea team mates, whilst predicting victory for Israel. Now it is Russia coach Gus Hiddink who has gone that little bit further; The Independent is reporting with the headline:

“Russia will deliver killer blow to England hopes, vows Hiddink”

The Independent, not usually prone to this kind of bilious hype – seems to be getting a bit over-excited with some rather pedestrian quotes.

The Dutchman outlined his predictions for the two teams that would qualify, as well as throwing down the gauntlet to England. Hiddink said:

“I think three teams are competing for it [qualification]….I wouldn’t be really any good at my job if I didn’t say Russia was among the two. Croatia are in the lead and they don’t spoil [drop] many points. Everyone has to play everyone and it is still very complicated. From a starting point, every team wants to win. The team that I am in charge of must always go for a win.”

The Independent then claimed that Hiddink left the door open for Chelsea, pending massive Mourinho bust-up, and England, Hiddink said:

” I’m a 60-year-old coach and I don’t know what the future will bring….They [the Russian football federation] want me to stay regardless of results because they feel we are now on the edge of something. I haven’t made up my mind yet.”

International week is SO boring.