Sam Allardyce backs 'outstanding' England to lift World Cup on one condition
Former England boss Sam Allardyce has backed the Three Lions to lift the 2022 World Cup on one condition – if they beat France in the quarter-finals.
Gareth Southgate’s side have scored 12 goals across their opening four games in Qatar, remain unbeaten and have kept three clean sheets, conceding just twice.
England beat Iran 6-2 before a 0-0 draw with the United States and a 3-0 victory over British rivals Wales – then smashed Senegal 3-0 in the last 16 on Sunday.
The Three Lions face a massive test on Saturday as they look to topple world champions France, who won the last tournament in 2018.
Were they to progress to the semi-finals, England would likely face Spain or Portugal, and the final could see them come up against Brazil, Argentina or the Netherlands.
England last won the World Cup in 1966 but have impressed during Southgate’s tenure – reaching the semi-finals in 2018 as well as the Euro 2020 final.
And Allardyce, who Southgate replaced in 2016, is backing the Three Lions to go all the way in Qatar.
‘If you beat France you win the World Cup.’
Former England manager Sam Allardyce believes Gareth Southgate’s Three Lions can go all the way in Qatar.
England will face France in the quarter-finals on Saturday. pic.twitter.com/jCnGtBXw80
‘My thoughts about the next round? If you beat France, you win the World Cup,’ he told GB News.
‘England has got that much confidence. I watched France against Poland 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.’
Quizzed about France, Allardyce added: ‘Kylian Mbappe particularly [will be their main threat].
‘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, Olivier Giroud, 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.’
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