Steven Gerrard believes England are good enough to win the World Cup but admitted its unlikely to happen.
Gareth Southgates England side take on Tunisia on Monday night before two more group games against Panama and Belgium.
And Gerrard, a former captain of the national team, believes there are things to be optimistic about
I think theyve got a fighting chance, Gerrard told Sky Sports. I like what Gareths doing. I like the blend and the balance in the team of the ages and that type of stuff.
Its a big ask to say theyre going to go and win it and are one of favourites, especially whats gone before.
But Ive got a bit of optimism and a lot of confidence in the boys that they can go and make their country proud I think. Thats the main thing.
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Gerrard played 114 times for England, with his best World Cup appearance being involved in the squads which reached the 2002 and 2006 quarter-final stage.
The former Liverpool midfielder retired from international duty back in 2014.