Jurgen Klinsmann believes that if England wins the 2018 World Cup, it will “definitely restore some pride” to the nation as it did for his native Germany four years ago.
England’s Gareth Southgate has been able to lead his national side The Three Lions to the semi-finals of Russia 2018, with Croatia standing between them on Wednesday and a spot in Sunday’s final against France.
However, Klinsmann enjoined England to “seize this opportunity” stating that a first World Cup victory since 1966 “would have an indescribable effect” on the entire country.
“The England players will not panic, they have proved that,” Klinsmann wrote in his BBC Sports column quoted in Sportsmole. “I want to see you go for it, and seize this opportunity.
“If you do go on to win the tournament – and I hope you do – it would have an indescribable effect. Winning a World Cup can almost reboot a whole nation. I am not talking politically, because you have a lot going on there at the moment, but it will definitely restore some pride.
It did exactly that for Germany in 2014, when the public saw themselves in the faces of all the players, and I would love to see the same thing happen for England too.”
England last got to the semi-finals of the World Cup in 1990.