Gareth Southgate tells England to not let pressure dictate their performances

Phil Jones

Phil Jones

England are chomping at the bit to get started after days of watching other World Cup games and hoping to kick-off a major tournament with a win for the first time since the 2006 World Cup.

Talking to England's YouTube channel Southgate said: "The players know the team, so I think that's helpful that everything's settled, they know their jobs, and the guys that aren't in the team know their jobs, and have prepared well".

The team won plaudits for its positive approach in warmup games and there's wide respect for Coach Gareth Southgate.

Having been under the assumption Rooney would captain the England team through their qualifiers for Russian Federation, his departure surprised many - including his teammate Rose.

England manager Gareth Southgate said he never expected to lead his country into a World Cup, but is now excited by the prospect of doing it in Russian Federation.

"But from the set-up we've done, it's pretty clear to see who is probably going to be starting".

"I think it's going to be an exciting time to watch these boys play".

"Back at training again but this time there is a difference: Marcus Rashford is out there finally on Russian soil", Matt reported. "Obviously, we don't play against teams like this in World Cup or European qualifying and in friendlies we rarely play against teams from other continents as well".

"We always do this as a nation - expectations are low and as soon as we get to the World Cup, everybody gets their enthusiasm going".

"One of the big negatives from the Euros was that first game against Russian Federation", he said.

"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", Southgate said.

Even though Netherlands is above Uruguay in the official Fifa World Cup Ranking, they still have never managed to clinch it.

"But my focus can't be that I'm a tourist and I'm chuffed to be here, and I will for sure enjoy the experience because I know too many things I did in the past I didn't take in".

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And research shows just one in ten England fans believe Gareth Southgate's men can win the biggest prize in football.

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