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‘It’s every player’s dream’ - lads reveal excitement ahead of World Cup journey

Posted on 5 June 2018  - 14:05

With all eyes turning towards Russia for the World Cup, we spoke to some of our players who will be involved about their hopes for the tournament and what it means to them and their fellow countrymen to be part of the finals.

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Hugo Lloris (France)

“Germany, Spain and Brazil are real contenders and I think we’re just behind with Argentina, Belgium and England. In football everything is possible. You just need to believe and to have a good attitude and talent. Our national team has a lot of talented players and now it’s about finding the right balance. We’ll go there with ambition and will do our best to surpass expectations. We’ll push ourselves to the limit and compete against the best teams in the world.”

Jan Vertonghen (Belgium)

“We’ve had the same group of players for a couple of years now and 80 per cent of the guys are the same as in Brazil four years ago – that should give us the experience and spirit to do a bit better in Russia. I think we have a group of players to compete with every team but a lot will depend on what happens on the day, like it always does at the World Cup. There are always surprises but we should get through the group stage with Panama, Tunisia, and England of course! After that it depends on the draw as you could face a big country, but our goal is to do better than when we reached the quarter-finals in Brazil. Everyone talks about winning, how we’ve got a great squad and should win, but we all know there are bigger favourites out there. You have Spain, Brazil, France and Germany – we’re in the group below those teams but we can definitely beat them.”

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Christian Eriksen (Denmark)

“Going to the World Cup is not something that’s easily achieved by Denmark with the size of our population. We had some struggles in qualification but got to the play-offs and achieved what we wanted by making it to the World Cup. Everyone is looking forward to the finals and hopefully we can make a mark on a tournament like that – it’s the biggest stage. We’ve missed a couple of tournaments and didn’t want to miss another. It will be an exciting summer and everyone is really looking forward to it.”

Dele Alli (England)

“It will be tough but I’ll try to enjoy it as much as I can. It will be a great experience. We’ve got a great squad and it’s exciting so who knows what could happen? As players, you want to be playing in tournaments like this. It’s the biggest in the world and a great opportunity to go out and test yourself.”

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Heung-Min Son (South Korea)

“The World Cup is a player’s dream so, of course, it was my dream as well. I played in the 2014 World Cup as well and it is a big difference to anything else – it is like no other tournament. Everyone wants to play in the World Cup and everyone wants to win. Every single game is very important for us. We are going to travel there not just to enjoy, but to fight for the group and for South Korea.”

Harry Kane (England)

“I’m excited. It’s my first World Cup, my second major tournament with England and I’m really looking forward to it. The World Cup is probably the biggest event in sport with the amount of people that watch it so to play in that tournament, and under that pressure, will be a great experience. I’ve dreamt about it of course. I remember watching England in the World Cup when I was younger and when you’re growing up that’s what you want to do, play in the biggest tournaments. The World Cup is definitely that.”

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