Former Notts County boss Sam Allardyce "jealous" of England manager Gareth Southgate

Former Notts County boss Sam Allardyce

Former Notts County boss Sam Allardyce "jealous" of England manager Gareth Southgate

Boss Gareth Southgate is ready to get England's World Cup campaign started ahead of their departure. They will play their opening game against Tunisia on June 18. "We have a lot of attacking flair that can do some damage". "That is good, things can change pretty quickly", Southgate said before the squad headed off to their base at the ForRest Mix Club in Repino.

England landed in St Petersburg on Tuesday afternoon before heading off to their secluded training base in Repino and will embark on their first training session on Wednesday morning.

"But you scrutinise yourself and look at yourself more in times of hardship".

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

The Tottenham forward believes the squad can build on a positive atmosphere within the camp.

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

Kane, who jetted off to Russian Federation with his team-mates on Tuesday, was still at school when Pochettino fouled Michael Owen in the 2002 World Cup, allowing David Beckham to score from the penalty spot and earn England a 1-0 group-stage win over Argentina. "But don't worry, we are going to get there'".

England are not among the pre-tournament favourites, and are priced by the bookies to finish second in Group G behind Belgium, but several members of the squad have been bullish about their prospects of winning the trophy.

There are widespread concerns surrounding racism on the eve of the World Cup, with the Russian Football Union fined £22,000 by FIFA for racist chanting in a March friendly against France in St Petersburg.

But Young will have his family present at the games and backed the Football Association's security measures to keep everyone safe.

"We hope we can send people to work the following day having enjoyed our matches, I know what those tournament experiences can be like and we desperately want to bring that", said Southgate, whose side have warmed up with wins over fellow finalists Nigeria and Costa Rica.

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