England's route to the World Cup final at Russian Federation 2018

Lewis Collier
June 14, 2018

It only seems fitting then, that during this summer's World Cup, the FA will be broadcasting an all access, interactive show, "The Lions' Den".

England manager Gareth Southgate revealed that Rashford had picked up a "slight knock" on Monday, the day before his England squad jetted off to Russian Federation for the 2018 World Cup which kicks off on Thursday.

England have arrived at their training base in Repino, near St. Petersburg, to begin their World Cup preparations ahead of their Russian Federation 2018 opener against Tunisia on Monday.

He struggled for form during England's dismal Euro 2016 campaign when they were knocked out by Iceland in the Round of 16.

But England captain Kane said: "It is hard to look beyond the World Cup - I don't think any player would tell you any different".

Former England and Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand also said recently that he cherishes his club successes and considers them more important to him than anything he did for England.

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"We are seeing now that this is a team that is enjoying each other's company, getting on well, very proud to represent their nation, that have some talent, a real desire and determination to play for England and are determined to play in a style that people are enjoying watching".

But for me, I don't think it gets much bigger than the World Cup. I have worked my whole life to get to where I am now in a World Cup squad, and to showcase my talent in the World Cup stage, playing in my position.

Despite the improving relations with the supporters and more optimistic mood within the country, few associated with England expect the team to win the World Cup on July 15.

"But our focus as a team has to be on the bits we can control". Constantly trying to improve, playing in a style that we've used in the a year ago or so and that people have warmed to.

"We hope we can send people to work the following day having enjoyed our matches", he said. I know what those tournament experiences can be like and we desperately want to bring that.

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