Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere says that England are going to the World Cup this summer with the aim of winning the tournament.

The Three Lions head to Brazil with expectations at their lowest for some time on the back of some underwhelming displays in major tournaments in recent years.

On top of this Roy Hodgson has opted to leave some experienced names – such as Ashley Cole – out of his 23-man squad, opting instead to put his faith in younger players like Raheem Sterling and Ross Barkley.

Some have suggested that this summer will be used as a warm-up by England as they build for EURO 2016, but Wilshere is adamant that the ultimate goal is to lift the trophy in South America:

“We are going to a tournament and we are not going to say we are happy with the semis. We are going there to win it,” he is quoted by The Independent.

“We want to make the country proud.”

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Seventeen of England’s players for the coming competition have never been to a World Cup, but Wilshere sees this as a positive rather than a negative:

“We are going there with a young squad and when you do that, they bring a ‘no fear factor’,

“We have got the likes of (Steven) Gerrard and (Frank) Lampard who are there to calm everything down.

“They have been there three or four times. It is a good mix.”

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