England can win the World Cup - Southgate

Fri 01 April 2022 | 11:02

The English coach believes that his team will be one of the favorites to win the title.


manager Gareth Southgate believes the team has a chance to win the World Cup in



England will advance to the 2022 World Cup in Qatar, having last won the World Cup in 1966. In the 2018 World Cup, the Three Lions performed very well and reached the semi-finals, but lost to


and failed to reach the final. They will meet their rivals in the group stage today after a draw in Doha and hope to put an end to their 56-year-old longing for the championship.

Southgate said:

"We have said to the team this week, 'if we can get to a semi-final, we can get to a final, and we did. If we can get to a final, we can win'. That's clear.

"To do that is incredibly difficult and we'll have to be as close to perfect as can be. That's the challenge for us, not just when we get to Qatar, because we've got to be in the right condition, even before that. That's what we've got to work towards every day we're together.

"We know we've had consistent performances over a three, four-year period and we are one of the teams - I think there are a few - that could win this tournament."

Asked about other teams feeling when they face England, Southgate said:

"We've definitely got respectability and I think we will be a team other teams wouldn't look forward to playing. But that's a double-edged sword though because some teams are going to prepare differently for you.

"You're there to be shot at and they are going to have a specific way of playing to try and stop you, but some will be a little bit fearful of you and might allow you more of the game, so from our point of view, what really matters is how it makes us feel about ourselves










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