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England can win the World Cup, Euros – De Bruyne

Manchester City and Belgian midfielder Kevin De Bruyne has said they have the potential to win both the upcoming Euros and the 2022 World Cup.

De Bruyne, who recently denied reports he’s close to extending his contract with City, will face the Three Lions with Belgium on Sunday in the Nations League.

Gareth Southgate’s side have avoided defeat in their last six matches and conceded just one goal in the process, with their recent friendly against Wales ending in a 3-0 win.

Belgium meanwhile have gone 13 games without a loss but were held to a 1-1 draw against the Ivory Coast on Thursday.

De Bruyne was rested for that match and is fully aware of the threat England will pose at Wembley on Sunday as he predicts a big few years for the Three Lions.

“I think they should be very excited. It’s a very young team with a lot of potential,” De Bruyne said of England.

“I think they should aim to win the next Euros and World Cup. I think they have that potential.

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“There are always a lot of teams who want to win it, but I think the team they have, the players who play in top clubs, they should do that.”

Belgium boss Roberto Martinez has also backed Southgate’s side for imminent success with the former Everton manager adamant silverware is on its way.

“[Southgate’s] players are as good as anyone individually in world football and it is just a matter of time that they will get that trophy or major result in a major tournament,” Martinez said.

Both England and Belgium were knocked out at the semi-final stage of the 2018 World Cup in Russia, while the pair both failed to make it past the quarter-finals at Euro 2016.

The two nations last faced each other at the World Cup two years ago, with Martinez’s side winning both their group-stage clash and their third-place playoff.

Belgium are currently top of the FIFA world rankings with England’s steady progress in recent years seeing them rise to fourth.


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