Date Published: Sunday 11 October October 9:39
Belgium midfielder Kevin de Bruyne believes England are capable of winning the Euro 2020 and 2022 World Cups.
Manchester City star Red Devils are part of the Three Lions squad for the UEFA Nations League game at Wembley on Sunday.
Being part of the Premier League, De Bruyne has seen for the first time the talent that is currently in the England squad and is now tipping them to make their place in the next two major tournaments.
“I think they should be very excited. They are a very young team with a lot of potential and I think they should aim to win the next Euro and World Cup – I think they have this potential.
“There are always a lot of teams that want to win it, but I think the team they have, the players who play in the top clubs, they should do it.”
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Belgium are currently the top ranked team in the world and they beat England twice in the 2018 World Cup but they will be without key men Dries Mertens and Aiden Hazard on Sunday.
“It’s going to be a tough test, but these are the tests he needs to see what’s going to happen against the big team,” the 29-year-old said.
“With the staff we are losing at the moment it will be a little difficult but we are confident we will be able to play a good game tomorrow.”
Belgium boss Roberto Martinez Martens is frustrated with the disappearance, Napoli forward is still stuck in Italy due to the Covid-19 rules, though other players have been allowed to leave the country.
Martinez said, “It’s still a difficult topic to talk about because we’ve never been in this position before with what Kovid brings.
“This has to do with local authorities in southern Italy. At the moment we are waiting to see what happens. We’ve seen some Italian players join the national team so you don’t really know if anything will change in 24 hours but it seems very unlikely.
“I don’t think we can count on Dry Mertens for the game. We will try to the end, it is very unfair that a player like Dry Martens, who is always committed to the national team and is very close to 100 caps and we will try and wait until it happens and give him every chance . To join the camp.
“But we have to be real that it’s going to be difficult.”
Martinez expects a tough test against the Three Lions and shares De Bruyne’s opinion that they intend to finally end the hurt years.
The former Swansea, Wigan and Everton manager said: “Since 1995 I have been a coach who was born in Britain, I know there has been a real development in the winning mindset.”
“Young age groups are winning the World Cup, players are winning at a young age and he comes into the first team and now Gareth is looking for it.
“Its players are as good as any individual in world football and it’s a matter of time before they get that trophy or the main result in the main tournament.”
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