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Monday 2 June Updated Wednesday 18 February

World Cup Countdown - Andy Carroll

Andy Carroll believes England and host nation Brazil will both go well at the 2014 FIFA World Cup finals.

West Ham United's No9 believes Roy Hodgson's squad have a great chance of confounding expectations by making an impact in South America.

England face a tough challenge just to get out of Group D, but the striker insists his compatriots have the quality and the form to overcome Italy, Uruguay and Costa Rica and progress to the knockout stages. Having played alongside and against many of England's 23-man squad for club and country, Carroll is excited about their prospects.

"We've got a great team and a great bunch of lads," said Carroll, who has nine England caps himself and was named on Hodgson's list of standby players for this summer's tournament.

"I think it will be great for England to go out there with so many lads playing so well in the Premier League at the minute , so I think we can do really well this year."

While he is backing his fellow countrymen to shine in Brazil, Carroll is not looking past the host nation when it comes to picking an overall World Cup winner.

With the likes of Chelsea quartet David Luiz, Oscar, Willian and Ramires, Tottenham Hotspur's Paulinho and Manchester City's Fernandinho joining forces with Barcelona stars Neymar and Dani Alves and Real Madrid's Marcelo, Carroll is tipping the five-times champions to make it six on home turf come 13 July.

"It's going to be tough with the weather and everything so I'm going to have to go for Brazil. Brazil have got a great team and they are the favourites for me.

"They'll have all their fans out there and they know what it's all about, so I can't see anyone else winning it."

England kick-off their 2014 FIFA World Cup challenge when they take on Italy at the Arena Amazonia in Manaus on Saturday 14 June, followed by further Group D fixtures with Uruguay in Sao Paulo on 19 June and Costa Rica in Belo Horizonte on 24 June.

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