Marcus Rashford set to return to England training on Friday


Marcus Rashford set to return to England training on Friday

The World Cup is well underway in Russian Federation at the moment, and England are due to play their first game tomorrow.

"He understands the way I play", Lingard, now boasting 12 caps and a realistic chance of starting against Tunisia, said.

The England midfielder said Emily Webb, England senior team operations coordinator and PA to Southgate, is ready to get him back as quickly as possible - and with the blessing of the England manager.

Southgate can also bank on the experienced Chelsea defender Gary Cahill (58 caps) and Manchester United's Ashley Young (33 caps).

Who will start for England in the opening game of their World Cup campaign against Tunisia? "If we win, then it gives us momentum but if we don't win, then we don't think we're not going through".

Southgate has a young and dynamic group of players but English footballers have rarely looked comfortable in slow, possession-based games. Fit-again forward Wahbi Khazri, who has turned in strong performances for French side Rennes, and left-back Ali Maaloul are players to watch.

England's support staff are ready to provide the player a plane to get home as soon as he gets word of an impending birth and then jet him back to Russian Federation to rejoin the squad.

The World Cup kicks off today when hosts Russian Federation take on underdogs Saudi Arabia in Moscow.

Ultimately, results dictate the public mood and England hasn't won a knockout game at any tournament since 2006. Obviously, Pep has helped me a lot just as he has other players at City.

Germany are looking to secure back-to-back World Cup titles for the first time in the nation's history.

"I don't think it'll leak out - you tried but I never leaked it", the Yorkshireman said with a chuckle.

Kane says that, despite being captain, leadership will be shared among players but that he knows he has to deliver the goals.

Southgate made some big calls when selecting his 23-man World Cup squad and he is trying to get his players to take more risks on the pitch.

"We've worked on various different systems with various personnel", he said. He is meticulous and considered, he wants to be the best he can be and believes he can be one of the best in the world.

England will face Tunisia in a Group G match in Volgograd on Monday before taking on Panama in Nizhny Novgorod on June 24 and playing Belgium in Kaliningrad on June 28.



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