Steven Gerrard says England won't get better World Cup finals chance

Steven Gerrard says England won't get better World Cup finals chance

Steven Gerrard says England won't get better World Cup finals chance

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The quarter finals begin on Saturday and it's all about who will make it through to the next stage of the tournament, the victor will be within two games of being crowned World Cup winners.

The 70-year-old led England through the World Cup finals in 2002 and 2006, losing on penalties in the quarter-finals on both occasions, and he feels that the more reasonable expectations of the current side will allow them to perform better.

"Before my time, during my time and a little bit after my time, it was like you had to reach the final", Eriksson told BBC Sport.

The good news is that there is more to come today, with two cracking quarter-final fixtures on the menu - Uruguay v France and Brazil v Belgium.

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"By the English point of view, it depends on the way you look at it", he added. The coach plays to the strengths of the players and if you underestimate them then you are in trouble.

Eriksson was England's first foreign manager when he was appointed in 2001 and he guided them to the quarter-finals at three successive major tournaments, only to see their run end there on each occasion.

"Their strikers are defenders when it's time to defend, and they can defend in their own box as well".

With a number of his rivals having fallen by the wayside, there is every chance that Kane will grab the coveted trophy, especially if England do go all the way and "bring it home". I think it will be very hard. So if they can defend very well they will be very good with counter-attacks and they can beat more or less anyone that way.

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"[If England beat Sweden] then you have to meet Russian Federation or Croatia".

'We lost a lot of big names, we had to start from the beginning and play with 23 players, not one or two.

England have won the World Cup once, an achievement attained back in 1966.

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"He's unsafe on set-pieces and in the box he is incredible. I'm impressed with that".

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