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England ODI captain Eoin Morgan believes that his side have what it takes to taste Champions Trophy glory.
England have never won a 50-over International Cricket Council (ICC) tournament before, but they will be looking to end that drought next month.
Despite not having won the Champions Trophy, England came close to doing so in 2004 and 2013 as they finished as the runners-up.
But, given how much the team have improved from their disastrous showing at the 2015 World Cup, where they failed to make it past the group stage, Morgan is brimming with confidence going into the Champions Trophy.
“I am extremely proud of the team, where we have come from in the last two years, and the confidence we have built,” he told Sky Sports. “We have tried to build a culture around the team that allows guys to go out and express themselves, play with a no-fear aspect to the game.
“We were a long way behind the eight-ball in regards to where the very best were and where we were. It has been an amazing ride so far, but we are only coming up to the halfway stage.
“The Champions Trophy in June is something that we are really looking forward to. We have earmarked it as a good gauge to see where we are at as a side. The goal is always to win, and I certainly think we have the ability and the confidence in the side to win that tournament.
“We have done some fantastic things against some very good sides.”
Meanwhile, Morgan is also optimistic about England’s chances of winning the 2019 World Cup, especially since more players from the country are plying their trade in the Indian Premier League (IPL), which gives them the opportunity to play against and alongside some of the best players in the world.
“That’s a huge step towards our success in 2019,” he said. “We have been behind trends in the past, I think at the moment we are about level par.
“Ben Stokes almost sets a new trend as an English player.”