Rashford a concern for England on low-key arrival in Russian Federation

Rashford a concern for England on low-key arrival in Russian Federation

Rashford a concern for England on low-key arrival in Russian Federation

England's Group G opener against Tunisia in Volgograd is now just a week away, with anticipation and excitement sure to go up another notch when the team lands in Russian Federation just two days before the World Cup starts.

Before their departure from Birmingham Airport, the full squad posed for a team photo decked out in suits at St Georges Park.

"I'm confident it won't happen - I won't say 100 per cent because you never know in football - but in this team we wear our heart on our sleeve".

"Even if we have a disaster, we will learn - and you learn most when you get beaten. We just wanted to get over here and settled to start to prepare for the games ahead", he said.

Southgate was speaking as he waved off Martin Atkinson from St George's Park ahead of the Premier League referee's charity bike ride to Russian Federation.

Atkinson is planning to reach Kaliningrad for England's final group game against Belgium on June 28.

"Ultimately we know we'll be judged on results but we have to focus on the processes", he said.

They do so in good spirits, with inter-camp harmony at a peak, no injuries to speak of and a pair of quietly encouraging friendly wins over Nigeria and Costa Rica to reflect on.

"It's going to be a gruelling adventure but we're very proud of what they are all doing".

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The 23 squad members were joined by stand-by midfielder Jake Livermore in a game held on the Sir Bobby Charlton Pitch, where referee Anthony Taylor oversaw proceedings.

Expectations are mixed for Southgate's squad.

Kane, who scored 41 goals for Tottenham Hotspur in all competitions last season, will also be hoping to find the net for the first time at a major tournament. In the end, we want to entertain where we possibly can.

"When there's been a third competitive game, there comes a point when the players are just trying to avoid injury really".

"With attacking players in particular, if they're going to try things and take people on and be creative, they're going to lose the ball and they're going to make errors".

The 24-year-old Tottenham striker hopes that an inexperienced squad will be motivated by the biggest stage, on which the national team has repeatedly disappointed since lifting the trophy in 1966. Actually at that point I'm not convinced they do.

"I was a big Beckham fan growing up, obviously it's well known that he's from the same area and we went to the same school".

He told reporters: "We have been practising penalties, not every session, but every now and then the coaches will throw it in at the end of the session when we are maybe a little bit worn out in games after extra-time, the lads are exhausted, that's when it's going to happen".

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