England's Marcus Rashford expected to train fully on Friday

England's Marcus Rashford expected to train fully on Friday

Manchester United and England defender Phil Jones says there is a good team spirit in the Three Lions camp, and it bodes well for success at the 2018 World Cup.

England doesn't boast of big names this time but there is a sense of bonhomie among the players and in Southgate they have a coach who understands them.

Southgate confirmed to ITV on Saturday that the players now knew who would start and who would be on the bench for the game in Volgograd.

"'Cut-throat' is a bit too harsh but I like the way he is quite clear in what he wants and the decisions he makes".

Gareth Southgate believes England's players are as prepared, focused and ready as they can be for their eagerly anticipated World Cup opener against Tunisia.

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. "I think he's got a point".

"In this squad there are so many good players, when you pick one, all of the team is behind him".

The 24-year-old broke into the England set-up in November, 2015, and went to his first finals at Euro 2016.

The overall record contrasts markedly with that in England's opening games at European Championships, where in nine appearances they have lost their first game on four occasions and drawn the other five.

"We've worked on various different systems with various personnel", he said.

England's only other defeats in their first group games also came against strong opposition - Portugal in 1986 and in 1962 against a Hungary team who won Olympic bronze in 1960 and gold in 1964.

"I mean the goal was world-class, really, but he's teasing defenders by the touchline and his performance wasn't ideal, but he was enjoying his football and that was great to see". "I think had we held out to win that game against Russian Federation then things would have turned out very differently for us".

Kane says that, despite being captain, leadership will be shared among players but that he knows he has to deliver the goals. Not only are they more relatable but painted in a more sympathetic light, beyond the caricatures of millionaire mercenaries just chasing more money. The pace at which fans emptied the shelves shows just how excited and hopeful supporters are for the FIFA World Cup™ and England's chances in the tournament.

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