Kieran Trippier says England “want to be the No. 1 team” in the world after proving that they are capable of competing with the best sides in the business.
Gareth Southgate’s side enjoyed a memorable run to the World Cup semi-finals in Russia over the summer, with those exploits helping to raise morale inside the camp.
Since then, the Three Lions have held Croatia to a goalless draw and edged out Spain 3-2 on the road – ending their 15-year run without a competitive defeat on home soil.
Trippier believes the next challenge is to top the FIFA rankings, with positive progress being made towards a next shot at major silverware in the 2020 European Championship.
The Tottenham full-back told Standard Sport after an impressive victory over Spain in Seville: “You want to play against the best and we want to be the No. 1 team.
“It was a great night and we move forward now.
“We want to beat the big teams. In the past few games we have had draws and not scored, but I think last night we showed we can beat the top teams and defend well against the top teams. It was a statement last night and, hopefully, in the future, we can put performances in like this as well.
“We want to win every game and play like that in every game. We know how well we can play as a team and last night in the first half we showed that.
“It is something to build on, we have a lot of confidence going into the next games. We just have to keep working on our formation in training and, hopefully, on matchdays we can put out the performances.
“It is good to come to places like this for the young lads to get the experience and, obviously, for me as well.”
England’s ongoing development has seen them welcome a number of exciting youngsters into the senior squad, while Southgate has also moved away from a three-man defensive unit to favour a back four once more.
Trippier added: “The players who came in the other day did very well and we have got so much young talent coming through into what’s already a young team.
“It is a bright future for this England squad. We learned a lot as a group and individuals at the World Cup. The manager has changed the formation and I think it releases the forwards more to press.
“Maybe sometimes at the World Cup, we were getting dominated in possession, but in this system that we are playing now, the midfielders can press easier higher up the field and we can play better. In the past two games, we played fantastic against difficult opponents as well.”