Marcus Rashford suffers injury ahead of England's World Cup opener

Kevin De Bruyne and Eden Hazard joke after a past game

Kevin De Bruyne and Eden Hazard joke after a past game

Gareth Southgate's 23-man squad set off for Russian Federation on Tuesday suited and booted by Marks and Spencer.

Should the England starlet be forced to sit out a series of World Cup matches matches he will undoubtedly be a great miss for his team, with the young striker most recently netting a sensational strike in the final World Cup warm-up match against Costa Rica.

Boss Gareth Southgate is ready to get England's World Cup campaign started ahead of their departure. "The most important is the way you play, and your performances and your results", Southgate said. We know everything else comes on the back of that. That's what we are trying to instil into the team.

Southgate added: "I think there was a shift in November when we brought in some of the younger players".

The English striker reassured the fans about their biggest fear, Penalties, saying "We have been practicing penalties, not every session, but every now and then the coaches will throw it in at the end of the session; when we are maybe a little bit worn out in games after extra-time, the lads are exhausted, that's when it's going to happen". Can Tunisia win their first ever World Cup match?

"For us it is about working hard and training hard until the game, then going out there and having some fun".

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England have won only six matches in the knockout stages of major global tournaments since their World Cup triumph in 1966, the last victory of that kind being 12 years ago against Ecuador.

"It's the one competition that everybody dreams of winning".

"I've talked before about there being a disconnect between the supporters and the team and I've felt that there's different ways to bridge that".

'Everybody is looking forward to getting to the first game'.

"I'm confident it won't happen - I won't say 100 per cent because you never know in football - but in this team we wear our heart on our sleeve".

'We had a lot of heartache in the past, but I am very proud to represent my country.'

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