England captain Harry Kane feels belief is building that their squad is good enough to win the World Cup.
Gareth Southgate’s side take on reigning champions France in the quarter-finals on Saturday.
The Tottenham striker said: “Looking back in 2018, we didn’t really know what to expect from the group.
“We went there with belief we could win it, but it was almost a new experience. We got to the semi-finals and everyone was over the moon, but whether we had full belief to go and win the tournament, I am not sure.
“But we backed that up by reaching the final of the Euros and the belief has been growing.”
Kane said he had not spoken to his Spurs team-mate Hugo Lloris, the France goalkeeper, ahead of the game.
“He is a really good guy, one of the best goalkeepers in the world,” Kane said. “For a game like this, we are not friends for sure and go to have a good battle against each other.
“I have known him for a long time and can’t speak highly enough of him.
“I will enjoy playing against him if we win, but know he will be doing everything to make France win.”