World Cup 2018: England cannot just write off tournament- Southgate
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England manager Gareth Southgate says his side “cannot go to a World Cup and not try to win it”.
The draw for next summer’s tournament in Russia takes place from 15:00 GMT on Friday, with the Three Lions in the second pot of seeded teams.
It will be Southgate’s first major finals in charge of the national team.
“We’ve got to attempt to win each game, be as prepared as we can be, and see how far we can go,” the 47-year-old told BBC Sport.
“Of course, a lot of these players are going to peak in two to four years’ time, but we can’t just write off the tournament. I don’t think anyone in England would accept that.
“We can’t go to a World Cup and not try to win it.”
England have not won a knockout game at a major tournament since the 2006 World Cup in Germany, when they were beaten in the quarter-finals by Portugal during Sven-Goran Eriksson’s reign.
At last year’s European Championship, England’s failure to make it past the last-16 stage cost Roy Hodgson his job as manager.
“Our last two tournaments have been a disappointment,” said Southgate, who took over following Sam Allardyce’s short-lived spell in charge last year.
“We’ve got to remember where we are starting from with this group of young players. But equally they’re fiercely ambitious, everything is ahead of them and it’s not for me to put a limit on their expectations.”