Wednesday, 19 September, 2018

Low-key England start as favourites against Tunisia

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The 20-year-old, who scored 13 goals for Manchester United in all competitions last season, impressed in the warm-up matches for Gareth Southgate's side but missed the team's training sessions earlier this week after picking up a knock.

"I think that's how we've wanted to make it as a team", England striker Jamie Vardy said, "nice and relaxed and enjoyable, where we can have a laugh and a giggle".

Gareth Southgate's charges are based on the Gulf of Finland in the quiet resort town of Repino, leading to worries about the players struggling with the atmosphere, as well as concerns about those who do not feature in games.

Having been under the assumption Rooney would captain the England team through their qualifiers for Russian Federation, his departure surprised many - including his teammate Rose.

However, the real test of Southgate's abilities to lead his country on the biggest stage will come when England face Tunisia in their World Cup opener in Volgograd on Monday.

"That's been a danger in more recent history thinking about what the problems might be, how it might feel if it goes wrong, we know all of that".

England are looking to bounce back from unceremonious exits the past two tournaments.

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But he believes they can challenge the world's best as they open their campaign against Tunisia today in Volgograd.

"He had faith in me to play me against Malta for my debut and I can only thank him for that and ever since then I have kicked on and done well".

A quarterfinal loss to Italy on penalties in the 2012 European Championship was followed by a draw and two defeats in the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.

"I have said from the off I wasn't comfortable with the manner in which I took the reins, but I have enjoyed the responsibility". Not only are they more relatable but painted in a more sympathetic light, beyond the caricatures of millionaire mercenaries just chasing more money. But we used to know each other and speak.

"One of the big negatives from the Euros was that first game against Russian Federation", he said.

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