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

09 July, 2018, 08:53 | Author: Nicole Aguilar
  • Jordan Henderson is happy to play an attacking role for England

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.

"The aim is to be aggressive and courageous in possession", Kane told British media.

"I know over the next few days we can if we want to, so I am sure myself and others will get out and about".

"Sometimes going into a big tournament is about not losing and being passive".

"We are aiming to win the first game, then to target the second, and take that attitude to the World Cup".

And he will hope when back to 100 per-cent fitness to stake his claim for a starting role having scored 13 goals and laid on nine assists for United across all competitions last season despite making only 26 starts.

They were also held by an unfancied Russian Federation in their first outing at Euro 2016, but Manchester United full-back Young insists the current crop are ready to make an early statement this time.

A number of England players posted to their social media before they jetted out to Russian Federation, including the previously mentioned Jesse Lingard and Kyle Walker.

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Colombia's Carlos Sanchez (front right) fouls England's Harry Kane to give away a penalty during the World Cup round of 16 match. David Ospina will play a grander role in calming the defensive line and ensuring they keep their shape and cool on the pitch.

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

"We're proud to be here, we will work hard, be energetic".

And Dier is looking forward to heading into St Petersburg over the coming weeks to explore a place he has heard so much about. But for us it's to play attacking football, to score, and that's important.

However, if Southgate's plans to steadily progress at this World Cup do not materialise, Ferdinand says he should still keep his position as England head coach.

He said there were no cliques within the squad that flies out to Russian Federation seeking to emulate their 1966 predecessors in lifting the trophy.

Southgate, who was an accomplished defender, is one of the few England players of recent vintage to have known relative success at an global tournament, having been in the side that reached the semifinals of Euro 96.

England captain Harry Kane has revealed his favourite World Cup moment allows him to poke fun at his Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino.

He has made fearless selection decisions - dropping Wayne Rooney, for starters - and has implemented a bold approach that has seen the team adopt a three-man defense and play the ball out from the back as much as possible.


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