Reports reveal England's XI for Tunisia match - Martin Keown reacts
- Author: Julie Sanders Jun 20, 2018,
Jun 20, 2018, 22:14
Marcus Rashford was a notable absentee from England's World Cup training session for the second successive day after sustaining a "minor knee injury", just four days out from the Three Lions' opening game against Tunisia.
"I don't want to be overly optimistic but I feel like we can go all the way".
The team has won plaudits for its positive approach in the warmup games and there's widespread respect for coach Gareth Southgate.
"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".
"The first game of any tournament is huge", said Kane.
England kick off their campaign on Monday when they face Tunisia but Gary Lineker has already told the team to concentrate on the next one.
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.
Southgate tried to lift the pressure off his squad after several former players have commented recently that the expectations of past tournaments stopped them from performing at their best level.
"Obviously I would have to get back to England and then get back again and obviously that it is not ideal but it is part of life", he said.
But he said: "We travelled over not wearing our colours, but everyone else is so we thought why not".
The 24-year-old broke into the England set-up in November, 2015, and went to his first finals at Euro 2016.
The only other teams to ever win the World Cup are Uruguay and Argentina with two each, and England, France, and Spain with their respective single titles.
"With a slice of luck, Gareth's bravery and some really good players in the squad, I am hoping they will come back and everyone is looking at them proudly".
His previous managerial experience amounted to just over three years at Middlesbrough that culminated in relegation from the Premier League, and his England under-21 side boasting Harry Kane failed to get out of the group stages at the 2015 European Championships.
"I think I'd be able to take those things in and focus on the job now because I'm more experienced". They know how to move the ball, are talented and we've watched videos of their matches - and I'm sure we'll watch more tomorrow.