Marcus Rashford has said that he believes England is capable of winning the World Cup next summer in Russia.
England are currently five points clear at the top of Group F and need just one more point from their remaining two games in order to secure automatic qualification for the tournament. With games against Slovenia and Lithuania coming up this seems a virtual certainty.
However, while the team is ranked fifteenth in the world by FIFA, they have consistently struggled at major tournaments. Despite this, Rashford thinks that Gareth Southgate is building a squad that will be amongst the top in Russia.
Speaking this week Rashford said, “We are doing our best to go there with a real plan and intensity to try and win the tournament. We are realistic, even with how we are playing against these teams in the qualifiers. But then we have to build our own plan once we get to the World Cup to try and win it.”
Rashford has called on the team to take inspiration from Sir Bobby Charlton, the last person to captain England to a World Cup win.
After Charlton met with England players on Monday Rashford said that as someone who has won the tournament before he is the “biggest inspiration” they can have.
“What he says to us and the information he gives us and the memories, these are things no-one else can give to us. We’ve had him at United for years, but just having little conversations with him and seeing him around the place, it can give us all a big boost.”