Southgate tells England players his secret starting team

England forward Marcus Rashford has suffered a "slight knock" in the final training session before heading to the World Cup in Russian Federation, manager Gareth Southgate said. That is understood to mean World Cup debuts for nine players with starts for Ashley Young at left wing-back and Harry Maguire in central defence, while Jordan Henderson will be the side's midfield anchor instead of Eric Dier.

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

Gerrard said: "I think the treatment of Raheem has been slightly over the top".

"For us it's just about playing with that freedom and enjoyment but also going out there to win and play exciting football", Lingard said. You don't feel: "Oh, I was inhibited in the way I played" or worry about making mistakes because mistakes will happen for certain. A key member of Manchester City's title-winning team last season, Walker has been deployed as a right-sided centre-back in a back-three by manager Gareth Southgate and is likely to retain the spot against Tunisia. So we are all here with the same mentality, all wanting to win, all wanting to play.

Fabian Delph says England "are not looking at anything other" than returning from Russian Federation as World Cup "heroes".

"I've spoke to the guys at the FA and they will organise a plane for me to get back as fast as possible".

And they will touch down in Saint Petersburg at around 5pm.

The player will conduct separate preparatory work at the team hotel.

"We want to mix and engage with the local community but equally it's important to have a base where the players can relax and switch off without being disturbed".

Captain Harry Kane and co. will be based in Repino to put the finishing touches to their World Cup preparations before trekking the 1,700km to Volgograd, one of Russia's most historic cities, on the banks of the River Volga.

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"We know we are not the finished article, in fact we're a long way from, but I think people see signs of progress and enjoy watching us and the manner in which we try to play".


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