Gary Cahill has claimed the England side have more team spirit and a better feeling now than they’ve ever had at past World Cups and Euros.
The player has made it clear that the team are united – and that the future is bright for the players, something that many people doubted going into the tournament.
Standard Sport report he said:“One thing I said coming into the tournament is that I’m proud of what I’ve achieved, trophy-wise, with my club career.
“But there was one thing that has been missing — and that is having a good experience with the national team in a tournament.
“I’ve had many good experiences in terms of winning individual games, qualifying games, scoring a goal for my country, but I’ve never had a tournament where I’ve come away thinking, ‘Wow, that was good’.
“This was a different tournament for me because I didn’t play too much, but looking at this young England squad, everyone should be feeling positive about the future.
“If we keep the squad growing and progressing in the way that I’ve seen here, it is only a matter of time before they get their hands on some silverware.”
Cahill has noted it’s time for him to sit with manager Gareth Southgate and speak about his own future, after the World Cup, and with the player not getting any younger, it’s certainly set to be a difficult decision for him.
It would be time to go out on a high at the very least, with the England side better than they have been in years, and it would certainly be a nice touch should he feature against Belgium and England win the third place playoff.