Gareth Southgate heads into Friday’s Earth Cup attract believing England can gain the tournament – but admits they will have to be “close to best” to triumph in Qatar.

Self esteem, experience and belief have all developed in the England squad many thanks to the operate to the semi-finals at the 2018 Earth Cup and reaching the ultimate of Euro 2020 final summertime. Southgate accepts his group are “there to be shot at” but that they have a ideal to amount their chances.

“We have explained to the staff this 7 days, ‘if we can get to a semi-remaining, we can get to a last, and we did. If we can get to a closing, we can win’. That’s crystal clear,” Southgate explained.

“To do that is exceptionally difficult and we will have to be as near to perfect as can be. Which is the problem for us, not just when we get to Qatar, for the reason that we have obtained to be in the appropriate problem, even before that. Which is what we have got to function toward each day we’re alongside one another.

“We know we’ve experienced dependable performances in excess of a 3, 4-year period of time and we are one of the groups – I believe there are a couple of – that could acquire this event.”

Harry Kane
England go into World Cup preparations with a combine of course and youthful exuberance

England are in pot a single together with the other maximum-rated six nations in the draw plus hosts Qatar. Dangers lurking in pot two incorporate Holland, Germany and Croatia, while a satisfy-up with Scotland or Wales is not out of the query, with people two nations grouped with Ukraine as just one placeholder in pot four.

Asked how other teams may come to feel about dealing with England, Southgate said: “We’ve surely received respectability and I feel we will be a team other teams would not look ahead to playing. But that’s a double-edged sword though because some teams are heading to get ready in different ways for you.

“You happen to be there to be shot at and they are heading to have a specific way of playing to test and quit you, but some will be a very little bit fearful of you and could possibly let you far more of the game, so from our position of see, what genuinely matters is how it helps make us experience about ourselves.”

Germany are one of the teams England could face in the World Cup group stages
Germany are a person of the groups England could deal with in the Earth Cup team stages

The tournament is the first in the Middle East, which excites the traveller in Southgate, and while the compact nature of the venues would make transferring all-around effortless for enthusiasts, there are facets that issue the England boss from a participant planning issue of see.

“The ‘watch out’ for us is you you should not even transfer resort the night time ahead of the recreation, so how do you switch the way of thinking from, ‘this is just another training day’ to that sensation when you go on the highway and think, ‘OK, it really is match working day tomorrow, we’re into a diverse hotel’, due to the fact that does essentially switch the players’ minds,” he reported.

“So we’re likely to probably have to look at people factors of it to make sure it really is not just a extended continual.”

When is the draw?

The attract for the match can take spot on Friday 1 April 2022, at the DECC venue in Doha, Qatar at circa 5pm BST.

You can adhere to the attract reside on and the Sky Sporting activities application.

Who could England deal with?

Entire world Cup seeds (Pot One particular – England’s team):

  • Qatar
  • Brazil
  • Belgium
  • France
  • Argentina
  • Spain
  • Portugal

Pot Two (Assured):

  • Netherlands
  • Germany
  • Denmark
  • Switzerland
  • Croatia
  • Uruguay
  • Mexico
  • United states of america

Pot 3 (Assured):

  • Iran
  • Japan
  • Morocco
  • Serbia
  • Poland
  • South Korea
  • Senegal
  • Tunisia

Pot Four (Certain):

  • Cameroon
  • Canada
  • Ecuador
  • Saudi Arabia
  • Ghana
  • + 3 UEFA, intercontinental playoffs

UEFA and Intercontinental participate in-offs:

  • Wales vs Scotland or Ukraine
  • Australia or United Arab Emirates vs Peru
  • Costa Rica vs New Zealand

So who could England experience?

Worst-case circumstance: England, Germany, Senegal, Peru
Most effective-case circumstance: England, Switzerland, Canada, Saudi Arabia