Russian Federation 2018, Group G: England looks to break cycle of humiliation

Russian Federation 2018, Group G: England looks to break cycle of humiliation

Javier Howell
June 17, 2018

Manchester United striker Marcus Rashford will have an injury assessed on Wednesday, said England manager Gareth Southgate as his side touched down in Russian Federation for the World Cup on Tuesday.

"All of them play in the best domestic competition in the world, the Premiership, all of them playing for the best teams, all of them with experience of playing Champions League, which is a high level of football, obviously".

"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'". The team then plays Panama in Nizhny Novgorod on June 24 and finishes against Belgium in Kaliningrad on June 28. Jordan Henderson of Liverpool is believed to be the holding midfielder with Jesse Lingard and Dele Alli in more advanced roles.

Leicester City's Harry Maguire could start on the left of a trio of central defenders with John Stones in the middle and Kyle Walker on the right.

"I don't think it would affect me mentally", said Delph, when asked about the impending birth of his child.

The Group G fixture will be officiated by the experienced Colombian referee, Wilmar Roldán, who has been on the Federation Internationale de Football Association list for a decade and is at his second World Cup finals.

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England will play with either two or three central midfielders, depending if the team is deployed in a 3-5-2 or 3-4-3 formation, and they are likely to be functional, hard-working players.

"We watched it together, we've got a big screen in the hotel".

"But what you have to do is make sure that doesn't control you and that you go for it in your performances".

'The manager has come in with the mentality to play with freedom, play without fear, and enjoy it, ' Lingard said.

Some players are unburdened by previous major tournament failures and even those that have tasted disappointment are displaying confidence, with Harry Kane speaking of winning the World Cup hours after being unveiled as captain.

There is a quiet confidence about these England players, with some of them relaxed enough to have a crack on the four-lane bowling alley that is housed inside the FA media centre.