Gareth Southgate says England are well-prepared to face Tunisia

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There is also gratitude towards Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho off the back of his best season to date.

"The players know the team for the first game already", he said, adding England had been "working on a system of play we think suits the players we have available and the style of play we want".

Belief appears to be coursing through Gareth Southgate's group, helping the Three Lions shed the fear factor that former manager Fabio Capello said has inhibited the national team.

The squad, dominated by locally based players, doesn't include influential midfielder Youssef Msakni and the Tunisian league's top scorer Taha Yassine Khenissi, who have both been forced out by injuries. "But what you have to do is make sure that doesn't control you", said the coach, who believes the pressure comes from listening to "external noise" from outside of the camp.

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Harry Kane, who has yet to score in tournament football, will spearhead the attack, that's clear. "Obviously all of the City players have been influenced by him, he's helped us develop".

"I mean the goal was world-class, really, but he's teasing defenders by the touchline and his performance wasn't flawless, but he was enjoying his football and that was great to see". My work ethic is good and Pep has worked a lot with me.

"It's very exciting if I'm being honest", Delph said. Sensing World Cup staff might have an issue with that, they asked Russian officials if their fowl friends could accompany them. "They're probably one of the favourites, but we didn't expect anything less from Spain".

However, the Manchester City midfielder described Southgate's training sessions as "fiery" ahead of the Group G fixture in Volgograd and insisted that the players are not afraid to call each other out.

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Lingard believes the mentality Gareth has installed in the squad will help them go far in Russian Federation but has called for his teammates to take things one step at a time.

Lingard, scorer of important goals for his club in FA Cup and EFL Cup finals at Wembley, continued: "I think you have just got to embrace the moments. Although yesterday they had to face Cristiano!" concluded Delph.

Having to wait until Monday, four days after the World Cup began, has Jones admitting the England team are itching to get their campaign underway.

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