England star John Stones says ‘Three Lions are ‘ready to win’ after 56 years of World Cup injury’

ENGLAND star John Stones laid bare the Three Lions’ thirst to end 56 years of World Cup injury last night and roared: ‘We’re here to win it! »

Centre-back John, 28, has expressed his pain over losing the 2018 World Cup semi-final to Croatia followed by grief over Euro 2020 penalties against Italy last year.

But he promised England fans the team were focused and ready to give their all to lift our first trophy since 1966. The Manchester City star tapped into the growing belief that Gareth Southgate’s side are now among the favorites to make it to the final in Qatar – and win it. And he revealed England’s agonizing failures in the last two tournaments were leading the team to glory. He said: “It’s a big motivation for the team, 100 per cent. “I always aim for the highest thing to win the competition – I’ve always said we’re here to win, it’s my belief that we can do that. “We need to reflect on everything we have done, what our ambitions are and where it can take us. “Coming so close twice now, especially the last tournament, you never want to feel that feeling again. “More than likely I will do this throughout my career, so I can’t understand that, but I still want to do better than last time.

“To be fourth in a World Cup was amazing where we come from, but we need to improve on that and more. “In 2018 it was a success in terms of uniting the nation and everyone who loves English football again – but you look back and we were so close. “I never want to go through that again. “As a team, as a fan, it’s something you dream about as a kid, and we don’t ever want to feel that way again.

“We have to improve on what we did last time, it’s the long and the short. John also revealed that the team practiced penalty kicks in a bid to banish the hoodoo that has haunted England teams for decades. Southgate is said to have ordered psychological training to arm his men for the intense pressure to come if the games go down to the dreaded penalty shootout in the knockout stages. The star – a key rock in a strong defense who conceded just two goals in Qatar – said: “Four years ago we won our first penalty shootout, then in Euros it didn’t work out. . “So we’ve done a lot of work on the penalties and the details of it and the individual needs, sometimes people have to step in and he’s trying to find solace in that environment.

“You have to get used to being uncomfortable and for guys like me going through the process of what you need to be clinical in that moment. John stressed that England were not underestimating West Africa’s last 16 opponents on Sunday, Senegal, and were desperate to make fans in Qatar and at home proud. He said: “We went through those three games in a tough group and in a World Cup anything can happen. “We’ve seen big upheaval already, and we don’t want to take anything for granted, and always respect the opposition and we will. “It was a great journey for all of us as a nation – we want to make everyone proud. »

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