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Harry Maguire feels England’s Euros 2024 campaign win or bust with anything other than the trophy a “failure”.
England take on Ukraine at Wembley tomorrow in Group C buoyed by their historic triumph in Naples in Italy on Thursday night.
Even though they are only one game into the qualification campaign, Maguire feels England proved with their first away win over Italy in 63 years that they are equipped to do something special in the finals in Germany next summer.
“We’re in a good place,” said Maguire. “We have so much talent and so many young players coming through.
“I think for me, at my age as well – 30 years old now – I’m with a mindset of ‘if we don’t win the tournament, it’s been a failure’.
“Obviously, we’ve got to qualify first – it’s a tough group – but we have gone to Italy and got an amazing result.
“I’ve been at three major tournaments now and I’ve come so close. So my mindset is that I believe that we have the players to win it.”
World Cup finalists France are the tournament favourites but Maguire feels that Didier Deschamps’ side – who knocked England out in the quarterfinals in Qatar – are not out of range.
“I think we played really well in the World Cup and ultimately, we got knocked out by a good French team – a French team that we believe we can take on.
“If we play them ten times, we would give them a good game ten times and probably win more than we lose.
“However, they’ve proven over the years that they manage to get the job done better than England do so it’s something that we’re working on.”
Defender Luke Shaw, sent off in Italy, is suspended for the Ukraine fixture so Ben Chilwell is poised for his first England start for almost two years.
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