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Rashford joins England training at World Cup base

Rashford joins England training at World Cup base

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"The players have really embraced it".

Delph was also asked about team-mate Danny Rose, who recently opened up on what had been a secret battle with depression.

"But players are aware there is that extra spotlight on them". "Obviously, we don't play against teams like this in World Cup or European qualifying and in friendlies we rarely play against teams from other continents as well. The last few years I've proved myself and now I'm here and I can't wait to get out there and show the world what I've got".

It's not just about the players feeding a voracious traveling media pack with material.

Former England captain Steven Gerrard believes Gareth Southgate's players can cope with World Cup scrutiny - even if he claims some of it has already overstepped the mark.

"I do know the team but I am not allowed to tell you", Delph said with a grin at the daily news conference.

"Maybe you could argue Dier's a better passer or can drop in as a centre-half but I just think against a good side or quick side, you'd want a central midfielder sitting who's got legs". A bemusing, running theme in the British papers at Euro 2016 in France was the players' refusal to divulge any details of a darts tournament.

Brazil are the victor of the most World Cups, winning in 1958, 1962, 1970, 1994, and 2002.

It makes the 25-year-old excited by their prospects under Southgate - a man he knows well from under-21 level.

Southgate said: "We're of course aware of the history of the city and the importance of that battle in the Second World War".

"The first game of any tournament is huge", said Kane.

"There have been a lot of stories leading into the tournament which have put people off coming", Southgate said Sunday.

England manager Gareth Southgate wants his players to embrace Russia's "festival of football" as they prepare to start their 2018 World Cup campaign against Tunisia in Volgograd.

Sterling is likely to be given the "Hazard role" in support of striker Harry Kane with Jesse Lingard and Dele Alli providing attacking support from midfield.

Southgate's approach to the Russian Federation showpiece has come in for consistent praise, and Southgate will hope that having told his players 48 hours ahead of Monday's match then the players involved can switch on mentally, and be all set to try and kick off their quest for World Cup glory on a positive note.


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