Dele Alli believes the experience within the England (16/1 2018 World Cup outright) squad can help Gareth Southgate’s men cause a few upsets in the summer.
The Three Lions head to Russia without the hype that has followed them in the past and have been handed a decent draw in Group G against Belgium, Panama and Tunisia (England 5/4 Group D outright).
After failing to win a game at the 2014 World Cup and then crashing out to Iceland at Euro 2016, England have a point to prove at major tournaments.
Alli was part of the team that suffered the now infamous defeat against Strakarnir okkar in Nice and will be looking to prove a point in Russia.
That experience could stand him and his team-mates in good stead, with two thirds of the most recent squad having been to a tournament.
Southgate’s experience as both a player and during his time in charge of the under-21s could also prove crucial and the lack of pressure on the team may benefit them.
Alli feels the England (4/5 to Reach The Quarter-Finals) squad is stronger for the issues they have faced in the past and believes they can go far if they continue to work well as a unit.
“I think we’ve learnt a lot. I’ve learnt a lot internationally since I started getting involved,” Alli told TalkSport. “I think we have a clear understanding of how we want to play, and we’ve got a team who all want to play the same way.
“I think we’ve got a great team as well, and we just have to keep working hard.
“We don’t have much time to spend together, but when we do we have to use it as well as we can, and try and see what we can do at the World Cup.”
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