England have discussed prospect of racism in Russian Federation, says Ashley Young

Gary Cahill is one of only five players in this England squad who were present in the 23-man group that Roy Hodgson took to Brazil in 2014, when they endured a miserable group stage exit after agonising defeats to Italy and Uruguay and a goalless draw with Costa Rica.

He also netted three times in the Champions League for Mourinho's men, and has been included in Gareth Southgate's World Cup squad for this summer's tournament in Russian Federation.

Not a single member of Gareth Southgate's youthful 23-man squad has experienced winning a match at the tournament, and Young is one of several preparing to enjoy the first World Cup experience of their careers. He's a fantastic player and if he keeps going the way he is, he'll set the world alight.

Yet despite fears of a repeat, Young insists his family will not be put off travelling to support him.

"I'm sure we'll talk about it and we have talked about it, in the squad, in what to do and what not to do", Young told British media.

"He is always going to be someone that is going to divide opinion and I think he is comfortable with that".

As well as the Manchester United winger-turned-full-back, the group also contains Tottenham playmaker Dele Alli, whom Young had a notable on-pitch exchange with at Old Trafford in October.


"We had a laugh and a joke about it", said Young. He's very comfortable with who he is and I think he should be - he is a fantastic young boy and a great player.

"He winds people up". Everyone in the squad is a victor and he is definitely one of them'.

"When we eventually get out to Russian Federation, the togetherness and team spirit we have shown so far will take us a long way in the tournament".

The pair have made up while training with England though and Young has dismissed the idea that Alli should cut the niggle out of his game.

'We want to keep 11 players on the pitch at all times. We have that togetherness and I think there's enough experience throughout this squad that, if someone is being wound up, to pull them on the pitch and tell them to calm down or have a word with the referee'.

"I'm delighted. I'm like a kid inside and I just want to get there and get the tournament started". "I'm a born victor".

"We are focused on going to the World Cup, and not just being out there - it's going there to try to win a World Cup, and I have every confidence in everyone's ability in the squad that we can go and do that".

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