Published: Tue, June 19, 2018
Sport | By Wendy Sparks

England, for a change, comes into World Cup under the radar

England, for a change, comes into World Cup under the radar

Sensing World Cup staff might have an issue with that, they asked Russian officials if their fowl friends could accompany them.

England are one of the final teams to get going in Russian Federation and Kane admits the players have been restless viewers in the early days of the competition, desperate to get their own chance to impress the public.

Southgate feels that the strong bonds, tightness in the group and the way in which they showed their mettle and kept going to the end of games in qualifying augurs well for their time in the World Cup spotlight.

"I can say now everything we've done in training is exactly what we've seen in the videos from Tunisia".

"There is being able to get on as a team and being able to deal with any adversity to focus on in the camp", the England manager added.

Marcus Rashford trained for the first time since England landed in Russian Federation for the World Cup, as all 23 squad members took part on Friday morning.

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Two years later they were knocked out of Euro 2016 by tiny Iceland, leading to criticism that a team that was once one of the world's top sides had lost the mental strength to compete.

"And people have said I'm an intelligent footballer, so I have to learn off the other players that are intelligent and play in the same position as well".

Tunisia is very solid at midfield and will aim to keep England's attack in check, while the Three Lions come into this tournament with many changes.

Saturday's training session was kept behind closed doors as the players worked on specific tactical preparation for the match but midfielder Fabian Delph said they had been given the line-up.

"And I think the boys are ready".

"Obviously I'd have to get back to England and then get back again, so that's obviously not ideal but it's part of life".

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That is essentially the formula Southgate is expected to use in the World Cup with Kieran Trippier and Ashley Young likely to occupy the wing-back positions which Conte used to such good effect with Victor Moses and Marcos Alonso.

"That's the time when you see players who are competing in the Champions League get fatigue-related injuries".

"I've got a lot of scoring trophies in my career".

"We are hoping it does go as smoothly as it should and the world's press will write about a great football tournament and nothing negative", said FSF spokesman Luc Jones.

"We will of course advise them where chickens can be taken", said a Russian official.

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This is Tunisia's first World Cup match in 12 years but it is still a storied team. "I hope we get lucky in that respect". As Belgium , he said, we are very proud of the team that is a flawless example of the Belgian multicultural society.


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