Jones may represent England’s best hope of World Cup win


As world football turns to Red Square, there is an Englishman from Blue Star plotting an assault on Russia.

Not Gareth Southgate. Or Steve Holland for that matter. But Graeme Jones, a Geordie at the heart of Belgium’s multi-national coaching team with Roberto Martinez and Thierry Henry.

They are unbeaten in 15 games, scoring 53 goals since the Martinez era began with defeat by Spain.

Graeme Jones is part of Belgium's coaching team with Roberto Martinez and Thierry Henry

Graeme Jones is part of Belgium's coaching team with Roberto Martinez and Thierry Henry

Graeme Jones is part of Belgium’s coaching team with Roberto Martinez and Thierry Henry

The 47-year-old Belgium coach is plotting an assault on the 2018 World Cup in Russia

The 47-year-old Belgium coach is plotting an assault on the 2018 World Cup in Russia

The 47-year-old Belgium coach is plotting an assault on the 2018 World Cup in Russia

With players such as Thibaut Courtois, Kevin De Bruyne and Eden Hazard, they boast one of the strongest squads at the World Cup and go in with the top seeds in today’s draw at the Kremlin.

Jones, in fact, may well represent England’s best hope of returning from Moscow with the golden trophy in his grasp.

‘It will all become clearer after the draw and a little bit more real,’ says the 47-year-old. ‘It will give us a thirst for what’s coming and we can start to analyse opponents and plan our friendlies and I’m looking forward to that process.’

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