England will not be delighted with reaching the quarter-finals of the FIFA World Cup as they have the skill and reasoning to win the event, playmaker Raheem Sterling has said ahead of the team’s final warm-up match against Costa Rica on Thursday. Fans and pundits have muted anticipations of England’s World Cup campaign given the team’s disappointing displays at the 2014 World Cup and the 2016 European Championships but Sterling has more audacious ambitions.
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“I’m not coming here to spend four, five, six weeks of my life to say, ‘let’s see what happens and anticipating last 16’,” the Manchester City player told reporters. “We’ve got 23 very good players and we all have the frame of mind to say that we’re going to win the games that we win and what can stop us???
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“I fully believe in the players that we have in the squad. The manager has brought some brilliant ideas and we’ve all bought into it,” the Manchester City wingback told reporters. “Now that we all click, I feel quite comfortable sitting with anyone and talking to them…