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The World Cup is well underway in Russian Federation at the moment, and England are due to play their first game tomorrow.

"He understands the way I play", Lingard added.

Southgate's team showed their respect for those who lost their lives in last summer's tragedy in London before training, where a number of staff wore Grenfell green heart badges.

Southgate has been playing his part, going to fan forums in the buildup to the tournament to recognize the commitment and cost involved watching England overseas.

All eyes are on Monday's Group G opener against Tunisia in Volgograd, with Gareth Southgate's squad made aware of his intended starting line-up two days early.

"I wasn't aware of it at the time, but we have spoken since and he's a strong guy mentally, he's got great people around him so I'm sure he will be fine going forwards".

The United attacker has insisted though that there's no reason they both can't play together which is certainly a prospect Southgate has considered before when perhaps facing stubborn opposition.

"I think the squad really appreciate that and we have massive respect for the way he does it".

After the humiliation of a second-round exit at the hands of Iceland in Euro 2016 and their failure to get past group stages in Brazil four years ago, England fans do not have high hopes from Harry Kane and Co.


The first two opponents in Group G, Tunisia and Panama, will likely try to limit the opportunities for breaks, reduce space and slow the tempo.

The North Africans were unbeaten in their World Cup qualifying campaign but had to endure a nervy finish when they drew 0-0 with strugglers Libya to edge out the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Southgate's players watched the six-goal thriller between Spain and Portugal on Friday night as each side showed why many have them circled among the favourites in Russian Federation.

"He had faith in me to play me against Malta for my debut and I can only thank him for that and ever since then I have kicked on and done well".

"I can say now everything we've done in training here is exactly what we've seen in the videos from Tunisia".

"We have an idea of the team now", Manchester City's Delph said on Saturday.

"I think it is a big ask (to win) but everyone in the tournament has that fighting chance", he said. Harry Kane says they must be courageous.

The midfielder also spoke about Spain at this World Cup and how they are one of the favourites for the trophy.


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