EXCLUSIVE: England CAN win the World Cup, says Sam Allardyce

Gareth Southgate’s Three Lions face France in the Quarter-Finals in Qatar on Saturday

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FORMER ENGLAND manager Sam Allardyce has sung the praises of the national team, telling GB News why he believes the Three Lions can win the World Cup.

England eased based Senegal with a 3-0 victory in Qatar to progress to the quarter-finals, where they face a tough test in the form of France.

England's Bukayo Saka (right) celebrates with team-mates Phil Foden and Harry Kane after scoring their side's third goal of the game during the FIFA World Cup Round of Sixteen match at the Al-Bayt Stadium in Al Khor, Qatar.
England's Bukayo Saka (right) celebrates with team-mates Phil Foden and Harry Kane after scoring their side's third goal of the game during the FIFA World Cup Round of Sixteen match at the Al-Bayt Stadium in Al Khor, Qatar.

Speaking to Mark Dolan on GB News, the former footballer manager, affectionately known as ‘Big Sam’, said England could go all the way if they can get past one of the tournament favourites.

“My thoughts about the next round? If you beat France, you win the World Cup. England have got that much confidence.

“I watch France today and this will be their toughest test. And Gareth’s toughest test, I think, since he's been manager of the England team because they were very comfortable."

On the threat France posses, Mr Allardyce said: “Mbappe particularly. We have some really outstanding players, but this lad is right up there with the very, very best, so we need to pay special attention to him.

“And of course, Giroud was the leading goal score in France at international level in the box. We need to take care of him so defensively we'll be tested more than ever before. But certainly France will have a lot to worry about with the form of our front play at the moment.”

Former England manager Sam Allardyce
Former England manager Sam Allardyce

Regarding the quarter-final against France, Gareth Southgate said: “Outstanding team with a phenomenal tournament record, and some outstanding individuals. Without a doubt that’s a game where we have to find our highest possible level.”