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2022 World Cup: Steven Gerrard backs England to go ‘all the way’ at Qatar

Steven Gerrard

Former England midfielder Steven Gerrard believes the Three Lions have what it takes to compete at the World Cup in Qatar.

On Monday, England will face Iran in the opening game of Group B, looking to put their recent poor Nations League performance behind them in an effort to win their second World Cup.

Gerrard is confident that the team can improve on their recent close calls in Qatar after Gareth Southgate has guided England to at least the final four in back-to-back major tournaments, becoming the first manager to do so since Alf Ramsey in 1966 and 1968.

“I’m really optimistic. I’ve got a lot of belief and confidence in the boys, I’m sure they’re extremely excited at the moment,” Gerrard told Sky Sports.

“I’m looking forward to going on a journey with them, now that I’m a fan and an ex-player. I’ve experienced where they are right now and I’m really looking forward to, hopefully, a positive start to build belief.

“They were millimetres away from winning the Euros, to get to a World Cup semi-final is a positive performance.

“I think, collectively, they should have belief, they should have confidence and togetherness. They’re a real tight group with a fantastic manager, there’s a lot of talent.

“I think if we get the right bits of luck and the right breaks, and keep the majority of the squad healthy, I’m confident we can go all the way.”

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