'Come on England' - Mourinho backs Three Lions in World Cup predictions

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The Manchester United manager has chosen which teams he thinks will advance to the knockout stages of the tournament in Russia

Jose Mourinho has made his predictions for the World Cup group stage, backing England to finish above Belgium in Group G.

The Three Lions are drawn in a group including Panama and Tunisia, as well as Roberto Martinez's Belgium, but the Manchester United boss believes Gareth Southgate's side have enough quality to top the group and set up a knockout stage tie with Poland.

Mourinho was asked to predict each of the eight groups by RT and cheered 'Come on England' when he got to Group G before choosing the Three Lions to advance as the top team from that foursome.

Argentina are also expected to top their group, with Mourinho tipping Lionel Messi to guide Argentina into the knockout stage.

"I think the little fellow will finish first," Mourinho said as he picked Argentina to finish ahead of Nigeria in Group D, meaning Croatia and Iceland both get knocked out in his prediction.

Surprisingly, the former Real Madrid boss believes Spain will outperform Portugal in their group, meaning his home country will play Uruguay in the last 16.

However, he hinted that Portugal could go some distance in the tournament, stating: "I will show later that I am totally Portuguese."

Mourinho had some trouble deciding who would progress from Group H, but eventually picked Senegal and Poland over Japan and Colombia as the two lucky sides to advance to the last 16 in Russia.

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