• England defeated Senegal 3-0 in the Round of 16
  • Their last World Cup final appearance was in 1966
  • England will take on France in quarters

England center-back Harry Maguire has said his side "really believes" they can win the World Cup, unlike in 2018.

England have a big match coming up as they take on defending champions France in the quarter-final. A win in the game would see them face off against either Portugal or Morocco for a place in their first World Cup final since 1966.

In the 2018 edition of the World Cup in Russia, Gareth Southgate's side reached the semi-finals but lost to eventual runners-up Croatia.

Since England reached the final of Euro 2020, the Three Lions have a positive mindset in the team, according to Manchester United captain Harry Maguire.

"I think that's the one thing I'd say that's a lot different from the 2018 squad to this squad - I think we really believe that it is possible. I played in 2018 and we got to the semi-final I think a lot of the lads were happy. You were happy to be part of the semi-final. You know that whatever happened in that semi-final that you'd go home and be classed as a hero and everyone would be patting you on the back," Maguire said in an interview.

Southgate's England are yet to lose a game in the ongoing World Cup. With two wins and a draw, England finished at the top of Group B. Harry Kane and his team then edged past Senegal 3-0 in the Round of 16.

"I think now there's a belief that we've got to win this tournament. It is a good change in the mentality. Of course, we know how tough it is going to be. I think there are probably five or six teams with the same belief. But in 2018, we probably weren't one of those teams that had that belief. Now there's five or six who have that belief and we're one of them," added Maguire in the same interview.

Defender Harry Maguire is enduring a miserable spell for Manchester United and England
Defender Harry Maguire is enduring a miserable spell for Manchester United and England POOL / DANIEL LEAL-OLIVAS

Despite struggling for fitness and form this season, Maguire started in every game so far in the World Cup. While he has justified the faith Southgate showed in him with consistent performances, the Red Devils defender has said his self-confidence has never faltered.

"I don't read too much if I'm being honest. You pick up bits and bobs and maybe my family read things more than me. I tell them to stay off [social media], but maybe they don't because it's a habit for most people these days. I read little bits and bobs, but I'm 29 years old, the captain of Manchester United and have made 52 appearances for my country," Maguire said.

England and France will come face to face for the quarter-final fixture Saturday at Al Bayt Stadium.