Gareth Southgate reveals team selection early to ease England anxiety

Kristopher Nichols
June 17, 2018

Rashford is expected to return to England training on Friday ahead of Monday's World Cup Group G opener against Tunisia, but it's likely he'll have to settle for a place on the bench.

The Daily Mail claim that Ashley Young has been preferred to Danny Rose in the left wing-back role during drills at England's training facility in Zelenogorsk with Southgate not convinced the Spurs player is fit and sharp enough to start in 30 degree heat.

Southgate has invested heavily in creating a more relaxed atmosphere around the camp and stated that it was important his young team revelled in the World Cup atmosphere.

"I am fine, thank you", the Tottenham defensive midfielder said.

"I've bounced back now - and while I will be extremely jealous I will be watching Gareth and the lads and hope they do extremely well", he said.

"I do think that Harry is the only player in the England squad that at this moment in time you could guarantee could go into almost any XI in the tournament".

"We like the fact we have taken the hotel just for ourselves because I think that is good for the balance of working, but also for the players being able to relax and have some time for themselves".

'You've got to enjoy your time on the field, no matter what game it is'. "We have been working on a system of play we think suits the players we have available and the style of play we want to implement as well".

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"I think it's confidence, isn't it?" The team then plays Panama in Nizhny Novgorod on June 24 and finishes against Belgium in Kaliningrad on June 28.

"I have been playing professionally since I was 18 at right-back".

Southgate made some big calls when selecting his 23-man World Cup squad and he is trying to get his players to take more risks on the pitch.

"A goalscorer is of course worth their weight in gold", the England boss said.

I'm really pleased for him'.

If this is the England side who bid to become only the sixth in 15 attempts to win their opening World Cup game, it has pace in abundance.

Some players are unburdened by previous major tournament failures and even those that have tasted disappointment are displaying confidence, with Harry Kane speaking of winning the World Cup hours after being unveiled as captain.

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