Former England captain David Beckham has claimed that the current national team will be going into next summer’s World Cup with the belief they can win, whilst also praising the injection of youth that has been added to the squad.
With little under a year to go, England have secured their place in Rio next summer and despite only winning the tournament once in their history and Beckham believes the team will be confident of performing well.
With England ranked 10th in the world, they will go into the competition as rank outsiders, but with the atmosphere a World Cup brings and the fresh talent that has been brought into the side, the 38-year-old is enthusiastic about our chances.
Beckham told FourFourTwo: “I'm always optimistic about when England go into competitions because I've been there, I've felt how it is when you go into a big competition.
"Roy's come in and changed the team around a lot, introducing a lot of young, talented players to the squad. When you go through a qualifying campaign, there are always ups and downs; it's like a rollercoaster.
"But when you actually reach the competition, once you've qualified, everyone calms down and everyone starts looking forward to the competition that's coming up.
"I think you always go into competitions thinking you're going to win it,” he added.
Beckham, who played in three World Cups for the Three Lions, showed his understanding towards how tough winning the tournament is but shared his approval at the younger generation of players currently finding their feet in the national side.
"It's obviously very difficult because you come up against some of the best countries with some of the best players in the world," he said.
"But we have some young players coming through like Andros Townsend, who has come into the team and there's a freshness now. He is playing without any worries and that's great to see.
"He's a player who hasn't always been in the starting line-up, he's gone out on loan a few times, but he's now one who's established in the England team,” Beckham claimed.
The former Manchester United midfielders’ passion for his country is well-known and there is nothing more he would love than seeing his nation triumph in Brazil next year.
"This is the biggest football competition in the world, with the best players in the world, but we'll see. I hope we can go all the way,” he said.
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