NATIONS - Southgate advises team to learn from Euro 2020 heartbreak
With the Qatar World Cup little over a year away, England manager Gareth Southgate feels the Three Lions are closer than they have been in decades to winning their first major tournament since 1966.
Southgate's team will play three World Cup qualifiers against Hungary, Andorra, and Poland this week for the first time since losing the Euro 2020 final on penalties to Italy.
There are many reasons to assume that, having gained from those experiences with a still-young group, England will be even stronger at the World Cup.
"We've always wanted to be knocking on the door in the latter stages of those competitions because you eventually get to learn how to win semi-finals and how to win finals," said Southgate.
"It's normally the process, if you look at our club teams (in European competition), that you have to go through. That's the way we view it.
"We've learnt a huge amount from the wins we've had and the disappointment in the World Cup semi-final and the final this time. We're obviously a lot closer than we've been for a long, long period of time."