'England's attack can be best in the world' - Kane, Rashford & Sterling excite Jenas

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The Three Lions are ready to open their World Cup 2018 campaign, with a former international backing some fearsome frontmen to provide the spark

England’s attack can be “the best in the world”, says Jermaine Jenas, with Harry Kane, Marcus Rashford and Raheem Sterling boasting the potential to trouble the best defences on the planet.

Gareth Southgate will be placing his trust in those attacking stars at Russia 2018, with the Three Lions looking for inspiration from somewhere following a succession of forgettable showings at recent major tournaments.

Tunisia are the first side in their sights, with a positive start being sought by a team who feel they can spring a surprise by going deep into the competition.

Jenas believes striking spark could carry England far, with there no limit to what Kane and Co can achieve if they “click” and replicate the form on an international stage which has made them superstar performers at club level in the Premier League.

A man who earned 21 caps in his playing days told the Daily Mirror: “At the minute, everyone is obsessed with saying England’s midfield has a lack of creativity. But there are a lot of teams you can go through who are not as strong as they used to be, ­missing a few key figures, or their ­defence is a bit shaky.

“I tend to want to look at the ­positives with England, and that is our forward line.

“It can be the best in the world if we click and find the right channels to provide Harry Kane, Raheem Sterling, Marcus Rashford and co.

“So we can dare to dream.

“We can expect a positive ­competition. This England team can produce a World Cup we can watch, cheer and be proud of the team for once.”

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Jenas also believes that the uncertainty surrounding Southgate’s starting XI can be considered a good thing, with there still places up for grabs following a tactical tweak to a 3-5-2 formation.

The former Tottenham and Newcastle midfielder added: “The competition for places in this England squad can only be good for everybody. I like that everyone has to be ready. Everyone is on their toes.

“Some might argue Southgate should have a rigid first XI bedded down by now. But if you are at a World Cup and fear you won’t get a chance, that’s a problem.”