"We need to win our next two games. We want to be in control of that. We need to keep building. There is more to come from this team. This was the toughest qualifying group, with the seedings. People have criticized us for not beating the top teams enough. But we have performed really well."
England's impressive displays during the qualifiers indicate they are on the right path to success. Although Italy defeated England at Wembley to win Euro 2020, the Three Lions have taken steps towards avenging that loss with victories both at home and away during this qualifying campaign.
The match against Italy saw England fall behind to a goal by former West Ham United striker Gianluca Scamacca after 15 minutes. However, Harry Kane equalized from the penalty spot before halftime.
In the second half, England delivered a superb performance, sealing the win with additional goals from Marcus Rashford and Kane.
Reflecting on England's qualification, Harry Kane stated, "I feel like sometimes we make qualifying look easy, so credit to the boys because it's not. We've had one of the toughest groups, and you've seen over recent years some big nations not going to major tournaments, so to do it [qualify] with two games to spare just shows the path we are on."
Jude Bellingham, who has been a standout player for both club and country, played a crucial role in England's revival against Italy.
The Real Madrid forward contributed significantly, winning the penalty for Kane's equalizer and setting up Rashford with an exceptional display of determination and skill.
Teammates showered Bellingham with praise, with Kalvin Phillips expressing disbelief at his continuous improvement, while Rashford described him as an "unbelievable" player.
Bellingham, who recently made a high-profile move to Real Madrid and has scored 10 goals in 10 games, credited the club for elevating his game, saying, "When you are around those mentalities and quality of players every day... it takes you to a new level mentally, physically, and technically."
England's qualification for Euro 2024 is a testament to the team's strength and resilience. As they continue to build and aim for a top seed position in the tournament, the Three Lions have set their sights on achieving even greater success on the international stage.">