Alli: We are going to Russia to win

Dele Alli John Stones England

Dele Alli reckons England have what it takes to win the 2018 World Cup, but insists they must be fearless going into the tournament.

The Tottenham star is convinced that Gareth Southgate’s squad have the right material to challenge the big guns for the title in Russia.

The Three Lions won the World Cup in 1966, but have only made it to the semi-finals once since then.

They will begin their World Cup campaign against Tunisia on June 16, but still have to face Costa Rica in a warm-up match on Thursday.

“We are going there to win it,” said Alli. “We don’t expect anything less and we will be disappointed if we finish second.

“I feel like we have to have that mentality. We don’t want to go there and just be a part of it. We know how good we are as a squad, we know the talent.

“If we get the best out of each other then anything is possible. There is a lot of great players in this squad and when you’re playing with great players it is not too hard to play with them.”

Alli believes Southgate is spoilt for choice in terms of selection as a number of players did not play in the 2-1 win against Nigeria on Friday.

“Even the players that didn’t play against Nigeria, there is a lot of talent there. When you play with players like that it is sort of a natural thing,” he added.

“I think Gareth has done a great job in selecting players that want to play the same way. He has really drilled into the philosophy and the way he wants us to play. That’s exciting football and we all want to play that way anyway.”