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England batsman Joe Root believes that his side are more than capable of winning the Champions Trophy in June.
England have never tasted Champions Trophy glory before, but they came close in 2004 and 2013, where they reached the final and lost on both occasions.
But, Root pointed out that his side will have a lot of match practice going into the tournament as they will take on Ireland in a two-match ODI series before facing South Africa in a three-match ODI series.
“Absolutely,” Root told Sky Sports when asked if England have a chance of winning the Champions Trophy. “We have been playing some great cricket over the last couple of years and we keep progressing all the time. We are by no means the finished article and we are very ambitious, very hungry.
“We feel we have now got to a place where we feel we can compete consistently against the best sides in the world.
“It is probably one of the strongest sides I have been involved in. It has got great depth in all departments and that is really exciting.
“We have got some really important games coming up and we need to make sure we keep looking to drive home wins and keep building confidence that way.”
Root also admitted that he was glad to see fast bowler Mark Wood make the cut for the Champions Trophy squad as he feels the 27-year-old is an instrumental part of England’s pace attack.
Wood, however, has not played any international cricket since the fifth ODI against Pakistan in September last year as he underwent ankle surgery once again in the winter.
“The thing you get with Woody is raw pace,” Root said. “He is obviously very talented, you have seen over the last couple of years what he is capable of.
“He has the ability to go through sides in the middle overs, when it can be very difficult to take wickets. It is really exciting to see him back playing and hopefully he can be really successful in the coming months.”