Leicester City centre-back Harry Maguire says the England players have enough belief in themselves to take the World Cup by the scruff of the neck.
The 25-year-old earned a call-up to the Three Lions for manager Gareth Southgate’s squad for the global showpiece and is eager to repay the faith that has been shown in him.
Southgate has opted to select a youthful squad for the World Cup, but Maguire doesn’t feel that their lack of experience will hamper them in Russia.
“There is no fear in the squad – a young team, not many of them have played in big tournaments, but we’ll go there and take it on,” he was quoted as saying on his club’s official website.
“He (Gareth Southgate) has been brilliant. As you seen at the start of the season, I played a few games in the Premier League and he showed great faith in me in putting me in the squad.
“I managed to come in and stay in the squad, so the trust gives me confidence to go out and play, keep doing what I am doing.
“Obviously to be selected to go to Russia shows another great amount of faith, so I hope to repay him.
“If you’re not selected for England, you still support them as a team, as a fan. You do get frustrated, you do watch the games.
“It’s hard to watch it as a fan but you know – and I am now in the position – it’s tough for the players.
“Every team is a good team, every country has got different attributes and we know it’s tough, but we’ve got a lot of ability in the squad and we do have the confidence to go there and take the tournament on.”