England's Phil Jones says squad can not wait for opening World Cup game

England’s Fabian Delph has been speaking in Russia

England’s Fabian Delph has been speaking in Russia

England manager Gareth Southgate has done his utmost to lower the expectations on his young team at the World Cup but they enter their opening Group G game against Tunisia in a mood of quiet confidence.

Thankfully, it looks like a close-up of Marcus Rashford's knee is not about to be splashed across the front pages as England prepare for the start of the 2018 World Cup in Russian Federation.

Only a handful emerged from Volgograd station on Sunday afternoon from the Moscow train after its 20-hour journey south.

"But it is another game of football, on a pitch the size that these boys have played on all their lives and we have to prepare them that way".

England go into this summer's World Cup on a four-match winless run in the competition - but history suggests they can quickly buck the trend. What happened in France two years ago was hard for everyone to take.

The Premier League has always been a scapegoat for England's below-par performances at major tournaments but manager Gareth Southgate says he has benefited from close study of the tactics used by its foreign coaches. "And it is not an easy place to get to".

It makes the 25-year-old excited by their prospects under Southgate - a man he knows well from under-21 level.

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"There have been a lot of stories leading into the tournament which have put people off coming", Southgate said Sunday.

"We want to take this tournament head on".

Two fans, James Lockett and Billy Grant, were among an official party who paid tribute in the city's Hall of Military Glory, in the heart of the Mamayev Kurgan memorial park commemorating the Battle of Stalingrad. "If we win, then it gives us momentum but if we don't win, then we don't think we're not going through".

"I've met many of them and lots have stories from tournaments going way back". We have got to be mentally strong enough not to get carried away if we start the game really well and also if we have a setback in the first five minutes of a game, an injury or something like that.

"I don't expect that to be an issue this time".

A huge monument known as The Motherland Calls looms large on the hill overlooking the Volgograd Arena. "We're training, playing together, we're positive and when you're given the chance you hope you show what you're capable of", added Delph, who has largely played as a left back under Pep Guardiola.

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