In the latest England news, FA technical director Dan Ashworth says the Three Lions’ World Cup semi-final run in Russia will not be their last.
England defied expectations before the tournament to reach the last four, only to agonisingly lose to Croatia in extra time following Mario Mandzukic’s strike.
However, the mood around the country has generally been very positive with many believing Gareth Southgate’s young squad have a lot of potential for the future.
And Ashworth, one of the men tasked with improving England at all levels, is confident that Southgate and co can make England into tournament winners in the future, with bet365 installing England at 8/1 to win Euro 2020.
“History will tell you that teams such as Spain and Germany tend to knock on the door of tournaments before they actually become winners,” Ashworth told the Daily Mail.
“In the last three years the men’s Under-21s and the women’s team have hit four semi-finals. That, backed up with all the success we have had with the development teams [England are Under-17 and Under-20 world champions] makes me believe that this isn’t a one-off.
“I believe that we are making good progress but we don’t for one minute think that we have solved all the problems because the bottom line is that we haven’t won the World Cup. We certainly feel we are moving in the right direction. It’s important that we now make sure that this tournament isn’t a one-off, that it isn’t a false dawn.
“This is a result of what we have been trying to build at St George’s Park for the last five or six years. The FA invested heavily in St George’s Park and in my view it has been a great investment. It has given us the opportunity to join up the teams, to join up the principles, to join up the philosophies.”