sport news – Reaching quarter-finals not good enough for England, says Sterling
(Reuters) – England is not going to be glad with reaching the quarter-finals of the World Cup as they’ve the talent and mentality to win the match, playmaker Raheem Sterling has mentioned forward of the staff’s remaining warm-up match in opposition to Costa Rica on Thursday.
Followers and pundits have muted expectations of England’s World Cup marketing campaign given the staff’s underwhelming shows on the 2014 World Cup and the 2016 European Championships however Sterling has bolder ambitions.
“I’m not coming right here to spend 4, 5, six weeks of my life to say, ‘let’s see what occurs and hopefully final 16’,” the Manchester Metropolis participant informed reporters.
“We’ve received 23 superb gamers and all of us have the mentality to say that we’re going to win the video games that we win and what can cease us?…
“If 23 gamers need to win it, then 23 gamers have gotten that mentality. 1 / 4-final received’t be ok, in any respect, since you need to win it.”
England full-back Kyle Walker believes that the unity inside the squad might be key if the staff are to go deep in Russia.
“I absolutely consider within the gamers that we have now within the squad. The supervisor has introduced some good concepts and we’ve all purchased into it,” the Manchester Metropolis fullback informed reporters.
“Now that all of us click on, I really feel fairly comfy sitting with anybody and speaking to them…
“That’s the atmosphere that we have to take into the World Cup as a result of the standard within the staff goes to point out for itself but additionally the togetherness goes to drag us by way of.”
Sterling echoed his staff mate’s phrases.
“Everybody right here will get alongside it doesn’t matter what membership you’re from,” he added. “As soon as we get right here we’re all the time collectively, all the time having amusing and a joke, so it’s nice to see.”
England open their World Cup marketing campaign in opposition to Group G rivals Tunisia on June 18. Panama and Belgium are the opposite groups within the group.
Reporting by Aditi Prakash in Bengaluru; modifying by Sudipto Ganguly