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World Cup '66 champ: England can win again!

PUBLISHED: 16:07 14 April 2010 | UPDATED: 11:38 23 August 2010

ENGLAND can win the World Cup this summer - providing they keep their best players fit, according to a winner from 1966. Martin Peters is at Woodville Halls, Gravesend, on April 29 to take part in Forever Blowing Bubbles - an evening of West Ham United n

ENGLAND can win the World Cup this summer - providing they keep their best players fit, according to a winner from 1966.

Martin Peters is at Woodville Halls, Gravesend, on April 29 to take part in Forever Blowing Bubbles - an evening of West Ham United nostalgia with fellow Upton Park heroes Tony Gale, Mervyn Day and Billy Jennings.

The 66-year-old made his England debut in May 1966 and went on to score in the World Cup final in just his eighth match.

Upbeat about England's chances in South Africa this summer, he said: "You can't rule them out, but it's going to be difficult.

"Players like Rio Ferdinand, Ashley Cole and Wayne Rooney have been struggling with injuries recently and we can't afford to not have them in the team.

"England are on the verge of a World Cup victory. That day might be in July, but if it isn't I'm sure they will be there or thereabouts.

Peters won the European Cup Winners Cup and League Cup with West Ham, during his playing career.

He added: "People always ask me if I'd rather have played in the modern era and earned millions of pounds. Absolutely not - I won the World Cup!

"Against Uruguay in the opening game, Geoff Hurst and I were on the bench, then a couple of weeks later we're lining up in the World Cup final.

"To have Bobby, Geoff and me through the middle of the team was not only fantastic for us but for West Ham."

Confident West Ham can stay in the Premier League, Mr Peters said he thought manager Gianfranco Zola gives his "heart and soul" to the club.

He added: "I think they'll be saved by the fact there are three worse teams in the division.

"I've never met Gianfranco Zola but it's clear to see he gives his heart and soul to the club. He's got the backing of the board and an exceptional assistant in Steve Clarke."

Forever Blowing Bubbles is at Woodville Halls on Thursday, April 29 at 8pm. Tickets: £18. Call the box office on 01474 337774 to book.

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