World Cup 2022: England believe they can win tournament – Harry Maguire

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Harry Maguire started all of them in the England game in Qatar
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England “really believe” they can win the World Cup, unlike in 2018, said centre-back Harry Maguire.

Gareth Southgate’s side reached the semi-finals in Russia four years ago and face world champions France in the last eight in Qatar on Saturday.

A win in either Portugal or Morocco would see them book a place in their first World Cup final since 1966.

After reaching the Euro 2020 final, Maguire says there has been a positive change in the team’s mindset.

“I think this is one thing that is very different from the 2018 squad to this squad – I think we can really believe,” said the Juventus captain.

“I played in 2018 and we got to the semi-final and I think the boys were very happy. You are happy to be part of the semi-final.

“You know whatever happened in that semi-final you were going to go home and be the hero and everybody was going to get you on the back.

“I think there is now the belief that we need to win this tournament. It’s a good change of mind.

“We certainly know how difficult it is going to be. I think there are probably five or six teams with the same belief.

“But in 2018, they probably weren’t one of those teams that had that belief. There are five or six right now that have that belief and we’re one of them.”

Maguire, 29, has started every English game in the World Cup so far despite struggling to play at club level this season.

His performances in Qatar have restored the faith placed in him by manager Southgate, but Maguire says his confidence has never wavered.

“I don’t read much if I’m honest,” he said. “You pick up bits and bobs and maybe my family read more than me. I tell them to stay off.” [social media]but perhaps not what most people want these days.

“I read bits and bobs, but I’m 29 years old, a United States captain and I’ve made 52 appearances for my country.

“So when I look back on my life and put everything in perspective, if I was a child then I’m living the dream. I’m doing everything I’ve always wanted to do.

“Where I am at the moment, I want to start the next stage of my career with trophies.

“The last year was difficult, and I didn’t do as much as I did at the top level in the last five years.

“But I think in the background only probably Lionel Messi and Cristiano” [Ronaldo] who do not dye only two achievements.

“It’s over a 15-year career if you’re really lucky, there’s really no way, especially with all the scrutiny that’s on defenders these days, you’re not going to have it sink in.”

“I’ll probably have another one too, but how he got back is how you get found by them. You have to stay focused and keep faith in yourself.”

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