Kyle Walker has admitted it will take a “miracle” for England to win the World Cup in Russia this summer (England 16/1 to win 2018 World Cup).
Walker has just picked up one piece of silverware after Manchester City won the Premier League title, but he believes winning the World Cup is a different proposition.
Confidence should be high ahead of the finals after dominating in qualifying although the humiliating exit from Euro 2016 at the hands of Iceland is still fresh in the Three Lions’ memory (England 9/2 to go out at group stage).
Walker says England have the players to go all the way but also admits a lot will have to go their way if they are to lift a major trophy for the first time since 1966.
“I hope we can go as far as we can go, but we need to be realistic,” Walker said. “To win the World Cup is going to be a miracle, but we have got the players to do it. A lot of us play in probably the best league in the world.
“We’ve got the players to do it, but have we got the experience going further along in competitions? No, we haven’t. Not in recent years. We need to be realistic. There are a lot of good teams out there and our record in tournaments has not been fantastic.
“We’ve had a lot of conversations inside the camp – England haven’t won a knockout game for God knows how many years, so for us to go there and win a knockout game, that would be a step in the right direction.”
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