Holland: England players believe they can win World Cup

Date published: Thursday 2nd December 2021 6:38 - News Desk

Steve Holland and Gareth Southgate during a training session

England assistant coach Steve Holland insists the Three Lions squad “have a reason to believe” they can win the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.

Holland hailed the Three Lions’ consistency in a hectic 12 months comprising reaching the final of Euro 2020 but also completing an unbeaten qualifying campaign for the 2022 World Cup.

Boss Gareth Southgate and Holland recently signed new contracts to stay at the England helm until 2024, with the coaching duo now eyeing the ultimate prize in Qatar next year.

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“I think the confidence comes from the reality, not just from the coach telling the players ‘you can do it lads’,” Holland told the PA news agency.

“When you’ve got to a semi, then to a final, players believe, because they can see, they can see it’s possible.

“The next time they play in a final it will feel more normal. So I think we have a reason to believe that’s possible.

“Certainly the objective when we started was to win the World Cup, and it still is. And we’re not going to duck from that, that’s for sure.

“It’s possible and we’ll be giving it everything we’ve got to try to achieve it.”

Meanwhile, the review of the final chaos at Wembley will be published by the Football Association on Friday.

July’s clash between England and Italy was marred by chaotic and ugly scenes before, during and after the showpiece, with a number of ticketless supporters forcing their way in.

The FA has already been sanctioned by UEFA over the disorder and must play their next home UEFA competition game behind closed doors, with a further match suspended.

That is likely to be a Nations League fixture next June.

The FA commissioned Baroness Casey of Blackstock to carry out an independent review of what occurred, and her findings are set to be published on the governing body’s website on Friday morning.

The objective of the review was to understand what happened on the day of the final – July 11 – and determine lessons learnt to prevent any repeat.

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