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Dele Alli: England aiming to bring country together by achieving 'something great' at 2018 World Cup

PUBLISHED: 16:00 07 June 2018

England's Dele Alli (centre) battles for the ball with Nigeria's Ogenyi Onazi (right) and Joel Obi during the international friendly match at Wembley Stadium (pic: Nick Potts/PA Images).

England's Dele Alli (centre) battles for the ball with Nigeria's Ogenyi Onazi (right) and Joel Obi during the international friendly match at Wembley Stadium (pic: Nick Potts/PA Images).

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The Spurs midfielder has reflected on Three Lions shock Euro 2016 exit and how this team is raring to go

Dele Alli says England are trying to bring the country together during the 2018 World Cup and will aim to achieve something great in Russia.

The tournament starts in a week’s time and the Three Lions will get their Group G campaign underway on June 18 with a 7pm kick-off against Tunisia.

First things first Gareth Southgate’s young squad will take on Costa Rica this evening (8pm) at Elland Road in their final warm-up game ahead of the World Cup.

When discussing England’s aims in Russia, the Tottenham Hotspur midfielder said: “I don’t think we can put limits on it, the sky is the limit.

“We have a young, hungry team that wants to achieve greatness, we want to bring the country together and achieve something great.

“We have got some great players all over the field and great experienced players as well to help the younger ones.

“We are raring to go, we have been doing a lot of work, we play a lot of football and a lot of us have been playing professionally for a long time now.

“Growing up as a kid, these are the moments you dream of being a part of and we have an opportunity to do that.”

This will be Alli’s first World Cup, but he does have experience of a major international tournament, although not fond ones.

He was part of Roy Hodgson’s team knocked out of Euro 2016 by Iceland in the last-16 and is eager to learn lessons from the shock exit.

Alli added: “I think we learned a lot as players, it was one of the best moments of my career and one of the worst as well with the way it ended.

“But to represent your country at a major tournament is always an honour and I have got another chance to do it.

“We have to prove to ourselves - we are excited, we have a strong team and there is a lot of belief we can achieve something great within the squad.

“We have got fantastic players, Gareth has been doing a lot of work with us to make sure we are ready and we feel ready so we are looking forward to it.”

After facing plenty of criticism this season, a lot unjustified, Alli will now look to finish the 2017/18 campaign on a high and help England make the country proud in Russia.

Additional reporting by Press Association Sport.

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