England defender Harry Maguire has revealed he’ll head to Euro 2024 with the mindset that something lower than successful the competitors will probably be a failure.
The Three Lions have cemented their standing as a powerful event group during the last half-decade below the steerage of Gareth Southgate.
After reaching the FIFA World Cup semi-finals in 2018, England had been solely denied victory at Euro 2020 on penalties towards Italy within the ultimate.
There have been excessive hopes that they may go all the way in which on the 2022 World Cup over the winter, however had been narrowly overwhelmed by reigning champions France in a hard-fought quarter-final.
England kicked off their Euro 2024 qualifying marketing campaign with a 2-1 win at Italy, and talking to the press post-match, Maguire revealed his ambitions for glory in Germany subsequent summer season.
“I believe for me, at my age as properly, 30 years previous now, I am with a mindset of, ‘If we don’t win the event, it has been a failure’,” he stated.
“We have got to qualify first – I imply it is a robust group, [but] we have come right here and bought a tremendous end result.
“However that is my mindset. I have been at three main tournaments now and I’ve come so shut. I imagine we have now the gamers to win it. We went into Qatar desirous to win the event. So in the end, once we get knocked out, as a squad we’re dissatisfied. The performances had been good, we saved essentially the most clear sheets on the event, we had been one of many high goalscorers regardless of going out within the quarter-final.
“I am talking on behalf of myself however I do know from talking to the opposite lads as properly, they had been actually happy that Gareth stayed [on as manager]. We have constructed one thing as a bunch and he is been the chief of it. He is been the one who’s given us hope and given us perception as a rustic to achieve success in these main tournaments and, for certain, it advantages us for us for him to be in cost.
“These huge tournaments are selected the best margins. We performed rather well within the World Cup and in the end, we bought knocked out by French group. A French group that we imagine we will tackle and if we play them ten instances, we’d give them recreation ten instances and possibly win greater than we lose.
“Nevertheless, they’ve confirmed over time that they handle to get the job carried out higher than England do. So it is one thing that we’re engaged on. Now we have a lot expertise and so many younger gamers coming via.”
Maguire recognised that England had been merely overwhelmed on the 2022 World Cup by a extra skilled and profitable worldwide aspect in France.
Regardless of reservations over Didier Deschamps, the 54-year-old has an unbelievable event report – to have gained one ultimate and misplaced two others is a much better report than most different coaches within the historical past of soccer.
England hope to be on an analogous path with Southgate, however as Maguire insisted, they should win a event in the event that they’re to be remembered fondly and with out tinges of remorse.