LIVERPOOL hero Danny Murphy is confident England can win the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.
But Murphy insists manager Gareth Southgate must keep faith in how good his strikers are and let them play like they do in the Premier League.
The Three Lions got off to a flying start in Qatar with a 6-2 win over Iran in their opening game and will be looking to keep the ball rolling when they meet the USA tonight.
Murphy, who has nine caps for England, was skeptical before the start of the tournament after the national team had gone six games without a win and been relegated from the top flight of the Nations League.
But the former midfielder insists there is nothing to worry about, especially after shock losses of favorites Argentina and Germany to Saudi Arabia and Japan respectively.
However, the ex-Liverpool, Tottenham and Fulham ace believes Southgate needs to let his attackers reach their full potential as they do for Manchester City, Arsenal and Manchester United.
Speak with Mr. PingMurphy said: “Before the tournament, I was a bit skeptical because of our recent form and the fact that we had some key player injuries, players in the squad who didn’t play that much. If I say skeptically, I didn’t think we would go out as a group, I wasn’t convinced we had enough quality to win it.
“If I look at what I’ve already seen, there’s nothing to fear. We’re capable of winning this World Cup, that’s for sure, and I only believed that in the last few days after seeing some of the teams built are favourites. How many Argentinian players would come into our team? Maybe two, three at most. There’s nothing to worry about.
“I think Southgate needs to keep believing in how good we are. If he keeps the faith in our strikers, our energy and our ability to be creative, if he plays on the front foot like our players like to play, like most of them do at club level, then I think we do could make it. I think if we get too cautious or too pragmatic, I think it plays into the hands of whoever we’re up against.
“The players on the team don’t play like that for their club teams. City doesn’t play like that. Liverpool and Arsenal don’t play like that, United don’t play like that now [Erik] Ten witch.
“I don’t think we should play any differently. Why play in a way that players aren’t used to playing for their clubs? Why send a message to your opponent saying we’re showing you too much respect by we play with five.” the back?
“There really isn’t anyone I’ve seen that we should be afraid of. Don’t get me wrong, watch [Kylian] Mbappe vs Australia wow wow wow what a player he is but he’s just a player. I actually thought Australia created some chances against France, they were caught wide open at times, but maybe that’s because the French team pushed on, who knows.
“The reality is this group of English players are super talented and seem very confident. You need a bit of luck to get there, in tournament football it’s not always the best teams that win the tournament.
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“In fact, the best team rarely wins the tournament because something goes against you somewhere along the line. You cannot recover in a one-time game. Tournament football at international level is a one-off game in knockout format, it’s different from the Champions League where many teams get to the finals because they have two games and can correct all mistakes.
“Looking back at international tournaments, there are always game-changing moments – [Wayne] Rooney is sent off against Portugal [David] Beckham is sent off. I think England wins these games without these incidents.
“We’ll know a lot more about England’s chances after the second round but I’m more confident now than I’ve been with this England side in a long time. Everything is looking good.”