Gareth Southgate insists there is ‘tremendous belief’ within the England squad as the Three Lions prepare to begin their Euro 2024 qualification campaign.
England take on Italy in their opening fixture on Thursday evening as Southgate’s side start their qualification campaign for the 2024 European Championship.
The Three Lions have been handed a tough draw in qualification with Ukraine, North Macedonia and Malta joining Southgate’s side and Italy in Group C, but the England boss insists there is confidence in his squad that the side can build on positive performances in recent tournaments.
After reaching the semi-finals of the 2018 World Cup and a runners-up finish at Euro 2020, Southgate said his team have ‘crossed a lot of hurdles’ in terms of competing at major tournaments.
Ahead of their qualification opener against the reigning European champions in Naples, Southgate discussed his task to ensure England ‘evolve’ and the ‘tremendous belief’ within his squad.
“The reality is we have not been far away. So, of course you always have to evolve because what got you into strong positions yesterday won’t get you in strong positions tomorrow,” he told BBC Radio 5 Live.
“The world changes, football changes, players emerge, players fall out of form, and you constantly have to monitor everything. So, we are always doing that we are always looking around football, looking around other sports, around businesses to what we might learn, what we might be able to improve upon.
“But for now we are also conscious that in terms of belief we’ve crossed a lot of hurdles over the last four years. And this group of players ahead of the game should have tremendous belief really.”
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