English Premier League News - England Manager Roy Hodgson still believes the World Cup is bigger than the UEFA Championship League, the Three Lions said in an interview with ESPN.UK.
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Fresh from leading England back to the World Cup, Hodgson insisted that the World Cup remains the holy grail of football contrary to reports that UEFA Champions League is emerging as the biggest football tournament in the world.
"That must be propaganda from the Champions League," he said. "I think you will find most players, at the end of their careers, would say going to the World Cup was their best moment.
"Not many will be saying it was playing in the group stages of the Champions League against Standard Liege on a Wednesday night."
Hodgson said he's not downplaying the UEFA Champions League as a great tournament, but he believes the World Cup is the only sports event that could rival the Olympic Games.
"Statements that the Champions League knocks the World Cup into a cocked hat knock me for six," he said.
"I like the Champions League. It is a great competition. But the World Cup is often described, in sporting terms, as the greatest show on earth.
"It is certainly watched by the most number of people, there is no question about that," said Hodgson.
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