By Andy Sambidge
Greg Dyke sets national football team target of triumphing in tournament held in Qatar
New Football Association chairman Greg Dyke said on Wednesday that the England team should aim to win the World Cup in Qatar in 2022.
In a wide-ranging speech, Dyke set the national team the target of triumphing in the first World Cup tournament to be held in the Middle East.
His comments came just a few weeks after he claimed that playing a summer tournament in the heat of Qatar would be "impossible".
Dyke said: "No doubt some will say these targets will burden the players with more pressure. I don't see it in that way. Top players must be able to handle pressure if they want to be winners. We want to be winners."
Dyke also set a target of reaching at least the semi-final of the 2020 European Championship which is set to be held across Europe.
England have not gone beyond a World Cup quarter-final since they reached the last four in 1990 and have only won it once, in 1966.
Their best performances in the European Championship came when they reached the semi-finals in 1968 and 1996.
Dyke's speech also warned that England may not be able to compete seriously on the world stage without changes in the domestic game.
Dyke will set up an FA commission to ask key questions on how England can change its long-term prospects.For all the latest sports news from the UAE and Gulf countries, follow us on Twitter and Linkedin, like us on Facebook and subscribe to our YouTube page, which is updated daily.
Pink people can't play in the heat !
Yet more sloppy journalism in the please-read-me headline.
He did not say that England 'should' win Qatar 2022. He set a target for them to win the World Cup. There is a massive difference. And you know it.
Getting tired of these tabloid headlines. And it reflects badly on your credibiliity.
Others ....? Can not play football or any sport at all in any temperature.
Good food tasters though!!
Your "Pink people" comment shows your true racist "colors" and had validated who and what you are. It will certainly color readers' valuation of your comments on this and other issues going forward.