Demarai Gray has tipped his Leicester team-mates Harry Maguire and Jamie Vardy to shine for England at the World Cup.
The Foxes duo were included in Gareth Southgate’s final 23-man squad for the finals and they are both pushing for a starting place in the Three Lions’ opening match of the tournament against Tunisia in Volgograd on Monday.
Gray certainly believes both players are capable of featuring in that match and he expects them to play a major role in what he hopes will be a good tournament for England, who are priced at 1.80 to reach the quarter-finals.
“Obviously you’ve seen how Harry plays, he’s good on the ball and he’s confident. He’s a solid defender,” Gray told Sky Sports.
“Jamie just loves to score goals and that’s what he’s done for us this season. He’s done a lot for us in a lot of games this season.
“So collectively as an England squad I think they’ve got a good balance and I think we could have a very good tournament.”
Former Birmingham youngster Gray is yet to receive full international recognition with England, although he has won 18 caps for the under-21 side and he is hopeful of featuring for the senior team sooner rather than later.
“I can’t put a timescale on it but me personally, as soon as possible,” Gray said about his international prospects.
“I’ve already said I believe in my ability and once I stablise myself in the team, playing week in week out and adding to my game and contributing in games, there’s no reason why I can’t get a call-up.”