By Saikat Mandal

14th Dec, 2022 | 7:10am

Leeds United winger Jack Harrison shares 'exciting' World Cup admission

Leeds United winger Jack Harrison is aiming to feature in the 2026 World Cup which is being co-hosted by the United States of America, Canada and Mexico.

Harrison will be 29 when England will play in the next edition of the World Cup, provided they qualify.

The Whites winger will have to be at the peak of his powers if he wants to get into the England squad that has got loads of quality attacking players.

Harrison, however, is keeping faith in his own ability, and believes it’s “almost written” for him. It is “exciting” for him, and at the same time, it is his big goal to be in the squad for the next edition of the World Cup.

“It’s really exciting, it’s a big goal of mine and something I’m always pushing for,” said Harrison, as quoted by Leeds Live.

“Now in the back of my mind, I was already talking about 2026 in the US, like it’s almost written for me to go there so I need to push myself and get there.

“That’s where my head’s at. In terms of stats and stuff, it just depends on how you look at it. Even towards the end of the season when a lot of people were saying I was playing bad, I was always creating chances, still right up there with the top of the English players as well.”

Why not?

Harrison is a brilliant player and he has the quality to play for England.

The present England squad has got loads of attacking players like Jack Grealish, Phil Foden, Marcus Rashford, Raheem Sterling and others, and it won’t be easy for him to get into the side easily. 

It’s good to see that Harrison keeps faith in his ability and that he is focused on playing in the next World Cup. But for that to happen, he needs to play extremely well for his club. 

Kalvin Phillips got into the England side when he was at Leeds, which shows that consistent performance is the only way he can impress his national team manager. This is where Harrison needs to improve. 

He is a team player and has got fantastic dribbling skills. At the same time, he needs to improve his numbers. He needs to add more goals and assists to his name.

In that way, he can rest his case to be included in the England side. Harrison has one goal and three assists so far and he should be aiming to improve those stats.

In other Leeds United news, the Whites are now scouting an attacker at the World Cup and a January move appears to be on the cards for them.