England: Southgate "didn't expect or want" the job

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

Briefly a key man for the Three Lions during his Aston Villa days under Roy Hodgson, injuries and a lack of first-team opportunities at Manchester City left Delph on the outside looking in at worldwide level.

"Of course, we want to go all the way to the final, but we are going to take each game as it comes and prepare for each game as we normally do".

"Marcus Rashford took part in light training this afternoon and will hopefully rejoin the group tomorrow", England said on their official Twitter account along with a video of Rashford in action. You just pick up little things of what they do and try to put it into your game.

"I'm confident with that decision, yeah, definitely".

"I've spoken to the guys at the FA and asked them to get me a private plane with lots of champagne on it..."

"He's quicker than Dier, he gets about more, he gets his foot in.

All I can promise is that I'll do my best and the team will too".

"And I think the boys are ready".

Delph appears to have a close relationship with Southgate, despite only making his first England appearance under him earlier this month.

Sam Cunningham, writing for i News, reports that nearly constant daylight is disrupting the squad's sleep at the Forrestmix Club hotel.

"It is on the TV and players have their phones and social media so you are not going to get away from what's being said at home".

"Everyone's coming up to me asking me where I'm from".

"I promise myself every year I won't get swept up in it, but every year I get swept up", Mr Barnes said.

"He is a great leader in terms of his approach to everything about his profession. An absolute goalscorer and he's a breath of fresh air to be around".

England and Tunisia met at France '98 with England winning 2-0 thanks to goals from Alan Shearer and Paul Scholes.

"We won't be able to roll them over", he added.

"I think for certain players they would like to know, so they can get themselves prepared". We're a team, it's all about the team and everybody digs in, sticks together and the manager chooses the best team to face the opponent. They know how to move the ball, are talented and we've watched videos of their matches - and I'm sure we'll watch more tomorrow.


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