Eriksson foretells England world cup faith

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The 70-year-old Swedish managed Three Lions to World Cup tournament and reaching quarter-finals in each losing to Brazil and Germany.

England open their campaign against Tunisia on Monday in Volgograd Eriksson believes this time Gareth Southgate and his Three Lions can go one step further due to pool of talent representing country in Russia.

“I really like the current England squad. If they can defend well, they will be very good on the counter attack – they have pace and they have players who can beat other players one against one.”They can hurt anyone, I think. I believe they can reach the semi finals.

“England fans always worry about Germany. And, this summer, the countries might meet in the quarter finals. But, if they do, I think England can win that game.“You have to tell the players that previous results and defeats are in the past. You will not win this game thinking about those games.

”Eriksson reckons England can make a major impact with a 3-5-2 formation because they have players who will terrify defenders one-on-one – and they have a class goalscoring act in Harry Kane.

“Switching to three at the back is scary to a country which has always had 4-4-2, but it shouldn’t be. “It doesn’t matter how many defenders you have in your formation, the important thing is you do it well, and that you have players who can play that system.

“So don’t be scared about 352, Gareth Southgate has clearly thought about the way he wants to play. “There are many talented players in the England squad but Harry Kane is, of course, the star.

He can score six or seven goals in the World Cup, if he’s not injured – touch wood – and take England far.”With him as a born goalscorer – and with good defending and smart counter attacks – anything can happen for England.

“It looks like Harry is handling the pressure of being captain very well. He seems to be a very simple, down to earth young man, and he has a fantastic season behind him, so everything is there for him and England.

” Eriksson told news.paddypower.com.Eriksson took charge of the England national team at three major tournaments across his five-year spell as manager, being eliminated at the quarter-final stage in both the 2002 and 2006 World Cups and also the 2004 European Championship.

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