Sterling: England fostering winning mentality for Euro 2020 assault

England will not settle for another semifinal exit when Euro 2020 rolls around, according to Manchester City forward Raheem Sterling.

England attacker Raheem Sterling.   -  Getty Images

Raheem Sterling believes England is developing the type of ruthless temperament that can deliver long-awaited international glory at Euro 2020.

Three points against the Czech Republic in Prague on Friday will be enough for Gareth Southgate's men to book their place at next year's tournament, the final of which is to be held at Wembley.

England is top of Group A in qualifying and has won eight – excluding a penalty shoot-out triumph over Switzerland – of its 12 matches since finishing fourth at the World Cup in Russia, with one of two defeats coming against Netherlands at the Nations League Finals in June.

Despite that setback, Manchester City star Sterling thinks the Three Lions – now ranked fourth in the world – are building the psychological strength necessary to end a trophy drought dating back to 1966.

"It's something you think of all the time, especially coming so close in the World Cup and having such a good run as a team," Sterling said.

"I think we're developing and we're kind of getting that winning mentality.

"The Nations League was a bit disappointing, but we've got another chance now and I feel that a lot of the players don't just want to be involved in tournaments and finish in the quarter-finals and say that was a good run, or the semi-finals.

"A lot of the players, I'd say every single player, and the manager, all want to go into tournaments with the thought of winning it.

"It will be a difficult task but it's definitely something that we all dream of winning."

Sterling's superb form in a three-man attack containing captain Harry Kane has been at the forefront of England's strong run of results over the past 12 months.

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