“One of the big shifts we have made over the last four or five years with Gareth [Southgate] is not being afraid to say ‘we are going to this tournament to win it’ because we believe we can. “It’d be wrong to think otherwise. What’s the point of going to a World Cup and believing you can bring the trophy home? “It is going to be tough and we are going to have to work extremely hard and have a bit of luck and have things go our way but it is important not to be afraid to say that is what we are going there to do. ” He added: “It has not been a great period for England for a long time, probably since Gareth took charge we have not had a spell like we have had. “In a way before a major tournament that can be a good thing because it allows you to not get carried away. “If we won every game in the lead up to this tournament it would have been ‘we are guaranteed to win it’ and that comes with a different pressure.
England starting line-up. Jordan Pickford starts in goal with Kieran Trippier, John Stones, Harry Maguire and Luke Shaw in defence. Declan Rice, Mason Mount and Jude Bellingham start in midfield. Bukayo Saka, Harry Kane and Raheem Sterling form the front three. Credit: Twitter / @England Fan tribute One fan has shown his support to Mahsa Amini outside the Khalifa Stadium where England play Iran this afternoon. She was the 22-year-old Iranian woman whose death in September, after being detained by police for allegedly breaking strict hijab rules, sparked mass protests. The number 80 and the word 'milion' could be referring to the 80 million people out of the country's population who are allegedly against the hardline government, as has been suggested by demonstrators online.
Thy have never scored more than THREE goals in a game before today at a World Cup. They have achieved 3-0 wins against Denmark (2002), Paraguay and Poland (both 1986). The biggest margin of victory at a World Cup finals is NINE. This has been achieved three times - most recently in 1982 when Hungary beat El Salvador 10-1. Hungary beat South Korea 9-0 in 1954 and Yugoslavia overcame Zaire by the same scoreline in 1974.
Fan Fiasco ORDINARY SUPPORTERS in the FanZone are paying the same for beer as some of the richest people who have come to Doha, reports Dan King. The USA team are among the VIPs staying at the Marsa Malaz Kempinski Hotel in the swanky Pearl district. A bucket of six 33cl cans of the official tournament tipple is on sale in the hotel's sports bar for 220 Qatari Riyal - so 36. 66 per can, or 1. 11 Riyal (26p) per cl. In the FanZone, it's 50 Riyal (£11. 62) for a 50cl can - in much less luxurious surroundings. Iran team news Sardar Azmoun is expected to return to the squad following a spell on the sidelines with a torn calf. England favourites According to Betfair, England are currently the clear favourites to win today's match.
“Being judged on major tournaments is the main thing and the last two we have had have been good and we have a great confidence in ourselves we can go and have a good tournament in Qatar. ” Is it coming home? A World Cup supercomputer has predicted the outcome of the tournament - and it isn't great news for England. The Three Lions are expected to make it to the knockout stages, but the computer forecasts them to be knocked out by France in the quarter-final.
Despite this, England fans have managed to hunt out places to sink a pint as the Three Lions prepare to take on Iran at 1pm. Some fans in Qatar have sniffed out some Â£12 pints despite the strict laws on alcohol ‘We have to believe! ’ England fly to Qatar as one of the tournament favourites having reached the semi-finals in 2018 and the Euro 2020 final. But skipper Harry Kane feels England can go one step further after claiming: “We have to believe we can win it. “I look back at England 10 or 15 years ago and it was almost like we were scared to say we wanted to win it.
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Updating fans on Walker's status when naming his squad for Qatar, Southgate said: "Kyle's a little bit different in that he's not back in full training yet but he's going to be available before the end of the group stage. "Of course we had to make a very difficult call with Reece [James] who we think is a fantastic player but he wasn't going to be available, if everything went perfectly, until the latter stages of the tournament. "There are too many unknowns for us on that road to recovery and also I don't think we can take a player who is not available for the group stages as that would be deemed arrogant in some circles. "But also, if everything went well and he was available and he was ready and we were picking him, then you'd be dropping him into a quarter-final after eight weeks out and that would be really demanding. Tough call.
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