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England can win World Cup, says 1966 hat-trick hero Hurst

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England's hero says Gareth Southgate's young team can match the achievement of Alf Ramsey's men and go all the way in

The 76-year-old -- who scored a in the final at Wembley against -- told the Sun newspaper that Southgate had fostered an impressive spirit of togetherness in the squad.

England play in the semi-final in on Wednesday for the right to meet or in Sunday's final.

"Just like Sir Alf, he has also stuck by his players and has a very clear way of playing," said Hurst.

"Probably one big difference is that we had four genuine world-class players in Gordon Banks, Bobby Moore, and (who did not play in the final).

"This squad doesn't have those type of players, they are all of a similar level. Maybe that's because they are quite young and have their careers still in front of them."

Hurst said Ramsey rightly gets most of the credit for creating a "tremendous team spirit".

"Our camaraderie was excellent," he said.

"Gareth is doing exactly the same." The former West Ham said one big difference was that while his generation knew little about the fervour in the country during the tournament, today's players keep in touch through

"We weren't aware of everything going on in the country as we were kept in a bubble," he said.

"We were not aware of the magnitude of the occasion.

"The only time we went out was after the first game against when we drew 0-0, which wasn't a good start. To give us a bit of a fillip we were taken to Pinewood Studios for the day.

"We watched one of the James Bond films getting shot and was there doing a film. We even saw "


Hurst said none of the three teams still in should frighten England.

"The only team I would have feared playing against is Brazil," he said. "If you'd asked me before the tournament, I'd have been happy with this young team getting to the quarter-finals.

"But now, where we are sitting and with the way the draw has panned out, I believe we can go all the way, without question.

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First Published: Mon, July 09 2018. 17:40 IST
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