'Jealous' Allardyce still hurting as Southgate leads England to Russian Federation

'Jealous' Allardyce still hurting as Southgate leads England to Russian Federation

'Jealous' Allardyce still hurting as Southgate leads England to Russian Federation

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.

Harry Kane will lead a youthful England squad into the World Cup as captain, and the Tottenham forward feels everyone is now ready to meet the challenges head on.

Ashley Young said he had no concerns over his family coming to Russian Federation, amid worries over racism after defender Danny Rose announced he had told his family not to travel to the tournament. "I played against John when I was young boy at Sheffield United", he recalled.

"I said to all of the team before the game "I expect to see mistakes tonight and if I don't there'd probably be a problem because we won't be trying to be as good as we might".

"Obviously there is more pressure because this is a World Cup but every player in the squad has dealt with pressure".

England have ultimately failed to win a knockout game at a major tournament since 2006 when David Beckham scored the victor in the 1-0 second round victory over Ecuador.

Mourinho did not say explicitly if he thought England will go all the way, although he previously predicted Gareth Southgate's men will make it out of the group stage. "They're two great teams and we're excited for our campaign to start".

With Belgium the favourites to win Group G and Panama expected to struggle, the match could be vital for the hopes of both England and Tunisia to qualify for the last 16 in the tournament.

"Gareth's fine about it and understands how important family is to me, and he's the same as well", said Delph, whose teammate Phil Jones left the camp before the pre-tournament friendly against Nigeria while his wife, Kaya, gave birth to their daughter, Alaria. "You want to get off to winning ways", said Young.

"For us it's just about playing with that freedom and enjoyment but also going out there to win and play exciting football", Lingard said.

"You have to be fearless enough to tackle those big issues whatever arises - and I am ready to do that".

"The gaffer has picked us because he thinks we are the best the country has got".

Attendees underwent security checks at the entrance, with children given a Three Lions gift bag by volunteers.

"I would have to get back to England and then get back here as fast as I can, but it's part of life".

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