Alexis Sanchez has revealed the nation he wants to win the 2018 World Cup – and perhaps unsurprisingly, it’s not England.
The Manchester United forward just missed out on featuring in this summer’s tournament with Chile, who failed to qualify.
Brazil thumped Sanchez’s nation 3-0 in their final qualifying match, which saw them drop to sixth from third as other results went against them.
Taking to Instagram after that particular game, a devastated Sanchez wrote: “And tomorrow is coming. You get tired for being criticised with or without reason, you get tired of wanting to be defeated, you get tired of saying to yourself ‘once more I’ll get up’ after crying after a defeat.
“And you get tired of telling the world and people who are with you, that everything is going well.
“And the worst, is that no one ever realizes how that makes you feel … I have the 7 of Chile on my back and it is a huge responsibility, that’s why it pains me that journalists and bad people criticize without knowing…”
The Red Devils forward has seemingly put the bad experience behind him now, and is currently on holiday with his two dogs in Chile.
And speaking to Fox Sport about how the tournament is going so far, a chirpier Sanchez revealed who he wants to see lifting the cup in July.
“I want Belgium to win the World Cup, for my friend Lukaku,” he said.
“We’re very close friends, we always talk and go out for dinner in England. We have a great friendship.”
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He added: “He’s sharp, he’s on fire and I hope he wins the Golden Boot.
“We get on very well, we go everywhere together. We talk about the team a lot to be able to improve it.”