Kane expects 'brave' and 'aggressive' England in Russian Federation

LEVERKUSEN GERMANY- JUNE 08  Joshua Kimmich of Germany in action during the international friendly match between Germany and Saudi Arabia at Bay Arena

Southgate's decision, Walker said, may even open up a chance for him to refine his skills during the World Cup.

The England manager revealed the 20-year-old striker had picked up a "slight knock" in the Three Lions' final training session before flying out to Russian Federation, as reported by the Independent.

Southgate, whose team take on Tunisia in their first World Cup game in Volgograd on Monday, believes that has now been consigned to the past on the back of England's encouraging recent performances, including the victories against Costa Rica and Nigeria in their past two warm-up matches.

He struggled for form during England's dismal Euro 2016 campaign when they were knocked out by Iceland in the Round of 16.

"I've talked before about there being a disconnect between the supporters and the team", Southgate said. We ask people to pay a lot of money to watch football.

If England were to see off Brazil we really will be getting excited!

With that clash in mind, De Bruyne has pinpointed former Liverpool star Raheem Sterling as the player he thinks could dominate at the tournament. At Manchester City, he is so focused on success, and I know he would have the same attitude with England.

Here, portraits of all 23 players on the 2018 World Cup squad.

Ever since England won the World Cup in 1966 and thus set unrealistically high expectations for every squad that proceeded them, the relationship between the media and the England team has grown increasingly toxic.

"We hope we can send people to work the following day having enjoyed those matches", he said.

"I'm confident it won't happen (again) - I won't say 100 per cent because you never know in football - but in this team we wear our heart on our sleeve". Constantly trying to improve, playing in a style that we've used in the a year ago or so and that people have warmed to.

"Of course, if we do all of those things and we play with a smile on our face and we enjoy our football, enjoy being in a tournament, then I think we will get results".

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