England boss Gareth Southgate has revived the hopes of English fans in the Three Lions after their impressive run to the Euro 2020 final which they lost to Italy on penalties at Wembley.
This has resulted in a claim by former national team boss Steve McClaren that the Three Lions will be contenders for any tournament they play in.
Their dream to win the Euros for the first time as well as their first major trophy in 55 years was quashed after the loss to the Azzurri on penalties.
However, McClaren pointed out that Southgate’s team had learned valuable lessons from the encounter as well as from the 2018 World Cup semi-final defeat to Croatia.
“We are contenders now for every competition”. McClaren, who was relieved from his role as England manager after failing to qualify for Euro 2008, told the BBC.
“We will learn from the two tournaments, semi-final and a final – they’ve had moments that will be character building and that is what it is all about.
“Gareth has given us a team to be proud of, he has united the nation and he has given us hope for the future and in the future there is hope.”
The Three Lions’ next attempt to win a major silverware will be at the 2022 World Cup in Qatar. The qualification stages for the tournament have begun with them winning their first three games in a group comprising Poland, Albania, Andorra, Hungary, and San Marino.