England boss Gareth Southgate has challenged his side to “hunt down” Belgium on Sunday in their Nations League match as to prove they can be the best in the world. England travel to Belgium with hopes high for a win to keep topping Group A2 alive.
Southgate believes england is capable of beating top opponents on a regular basis as he builds towards next year’s European Championships.
“They’ve lost two games in 28, so they’re a fantastic team and they’ve proven that over a long period of time,” Southgate told a press conference on Saturday.
“But our aim is to be the best team in the world and we’ve got to hunt these teams down.
“We were able to do it at Wembley. I think we saw what a top side they are there, so we know that we had to be at our very best with and without the ball to get that result.
“That will be the same tomorrow but we’re not fearful. We’ve got to go into the game with a very positive mindset.
“We know that we can hurt teams, we’ve got players who can score goals, and we know we’ve conceded two in our last nine games so we’re an improving team.
“We’re a team that are going to get better over the next few years. The future is so exciting.”
“We can do any tactical formation but the reality is we’ve still lost three defenders for this game so however we do it, we’re having to readjust,” Southgate said.
“It says something when one of the biggest enjoyments of the week was hearing there were no positive tests this morning – that’s about as much enjoyment as we get, so that we know at least we’ve got everybody available on that score!
“You’ve got to build a strong squad because heading towards next summer we just don’t know who will be available, who will be in form and who will warrant those places in the team.”