Fabian Delph makes team admission but refuses to give the game away

Fabian Delph makes team admission but refuses to give the game away

Come to think of it, how could there be given England hasn't won a World Cup match for almost eight years?

"Gareth understands how important family is to me and he's the same as well", he said.

Familiar faces such as Joe Hart, Jack Wilshere, and Chris Smalling have been left out of the squad and Southgate's training and team preparation have also been upgraded since the embarrassing defeat against Iceland in the 2016 Euros, says Rose.

Self-deprecating humour and honesty have been common features of a reign that has seen Southgate attempt to change England's on-field philosophy and off-field perception.

But there's a building sense of optimism that this young England team could produce some impressive performances in Russian Federation, starting Monday against Tunisia in their opening Group G encounter in Volgograd.

Three days out from the Group G clash in Volgograd, the Manchester United player will train for the first time in Russian Federation after a knee problem.

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"We need to get the nation back with us after the disappointment of the Euros".

"But it is another game of football, on a pitch the size that these boys have played on all their lives and we have to prepare them that way".

"I think the squad really appreciate that and we have massive respect for the way he does it".

Harry Kane then coolly fired England into this summer's finals with his "94th-minute" strike seeing off Slovenia in a single-goal victory last October.

The first two opponents in Group G, Tunisia and Panama, will likely try to limit the opportunities for breaks, reduce space and slow the tempo.

The North Africans were unbeaten in their World Cup qualifying campaign but had to overcome anxious moments when they drew 0-0 with strugglers Libya to edge out the Democratic Republic of Congo.

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Asked if he was prepared to miss a game if it came to it, Delph said: "Yeah, absolutely".

Southgate tried to lift the pressure off his squad after several former players have commented recently that the expectations of past tournaments stopped them from performing at their best level.

"But whether you are selected on the day of the game or the day before I think it is all the same thing".

"I'd love to see Boston build our first open-air stadium since Fenway Park", Walsh said.

And research shows just one in ten England fans believe Gareth Southgate's men can win the biggest prize in football.

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