England's Marcus Rashford expected to train fully on Friday

England's Marcus Rashford expected to train fully on Friday

Gareth Southgate will hope England's luck on injuries holds out, with Marcus Rashford carrying a "slight knock". "That is good, things can change pretty quickly", Southgate said before the squad headed off to their base at the ForRest Mix Club in Repino.

File: England's striker Jamie Vardy runs with the ball during the global friendly football match between England and Italy at Wembley stadium in London on March 27, 2018.

All that is needed now is a tournament display that leaves fans cheering by their barbecues rather than crying into their beers.

"We hope we can send people to work the following day having enjoyed our matches", said Southgate before departing for Russian Federation. "I think you can see from the last two games we have started brightly and on the front foot and if you start like that it can put teams on the back foot and that is what we are looking to do come the first game".

England's players were wished good luck by their partners on social media as they started their trip to Russian Federation. We ask people to pay a lot of money to watch football.

"You can pick knocks up, there is one or two very close calls that we can see how we players are when we get into sessions here".

England wrapped up their St George's Park camp preparations by staging an internal match on the Sir Bobby Charlton Pitch. There was a clear shift in the identity of the team, we went to a back three and people have been warmed by that, not only the young players in this squad, but the young players in the system and the success with the junior teams.

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'On the training field we practise deliveries and crosses, ' he said.

England's other group opponents are Panama and the world's third-ranked side Belgium.

Captain Harry Kane set the tone with a confident assessment of the team's chances and others have followed suit.

Of course, results, not experience, are what ultimately count and it is no surprise that England, who have not even made the quarter-finals for 12 years and flopped in their last tournament outing at Euro 2016, are trusting a different approach.

"I think we've still got five days before the first game so it's just a little bit of a precaution for him to make sure he is OK".

For instance, at a recently media day, all 23 players in the World Cup squad were available for journalists to speak to freely.

"I'd love to win everything with Tottenham, but for me personally the World Cup outweighs them all".