Lingard confident of 'fearless' England showing at World Cup

Rashford misses England training again due to knee injury

Rashford misses England training again due to knee injury

"We won't be able to just roll them over, they're an in-form team".

"They appear more relaxed. There's more of a togetherness".

"We always do this as a nation - expectations are low and as soon as we get to the World Cup, everybody gets their enthusiasm going".

The North Africans were unbeaten in their World Cup qualifying campaign but had to endure a nervy finish when they drew 0-0 with strugglers Libya to edge out the Democratic Republic of Congo. The English Football Association's approach is in a marked contrast to club duty where they are largely closeted away, save for appearances with paying broadcasters or often in controlled appearances.

"I think for certain players, they would probably would like to know so they can get themselves prepared", Delph said. But we used to know each other and speak.

The public is seeing a new side of the players. "They can go and just take the shackles off and play".

"That connection with the supporters is really important", coach Gareth Southgate said. "I'm well aware of what the standards are and what Gareth wants from his players".

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

"If anything the atmosphere out there seems a bit quieter", Matt said.

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In the group stage matches, Neymar wasted one minute and 56 seconds against Serbia, 3 minutes and 40 seconds against Switzerland. The biggest sports tournament in the world comes with some of the most heartbreaking moments for fans and players alike.

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

The Manchester United forward has put that down to Southgate, who has given the green light for his team to express themselves on the biggest stage in Russian Federation. A bemusing, running theme in the British papers at Euro 2016 in France was the players' refusal to divulge any details of a darts tournament.

Tunisia, back in the World Cup after 12 years, has a lot to prove too.

Much has been rightly made of the genuine togetherness in England's camp.

"For the first five minutes of the opening game anything can happen but it is not going to decide whether we go through in the group or not".

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

"We watched it together, we've got a big screen in the hotel".

Speaking ahead of England's World Cup opener against Tunisia on Monday, Delph praised the quality in the Blues ranks but believes he has excelled this season because of his attitude in training and games.

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