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For once, the players can't be accused of hiding away, retreating behind their headphones.

"We have an idea of the team", the Manchester City title victor said.

"They appear more relaxed. There's more of a togetherness".

Harry Kane will be under more pressure than anyone as England's captain and star striker and Southgate praised the Tottenham star's influence.

England's only other defeats in their first group games also came against strong opposition - Portugal in 1986 and in 1962 against a Hungary team who won Olympic bronze in 1960 and gold in 1964.

England's players know who will start when they face Tunisia but Fabian Delph insists those who have missed out remain in good spirits.

Delph said that he would have no hesitation in making the trip, even if he knew that he was due to start a game.

The public is seeing a new side of the players.

The Football Association indicates it is a precautionary measure and manager Gareth Southgate called it a "slight knock" upon England's arrival.

"I'd love to see Boston build our first open-air stadium since Fenway Park", Walsh said.

Off the field, he has fostered a relaxed atmosphere while also facing up to hard issues such as fears over racial abuse in Russian Federation and left-back Danny Rose revealing on the eve of the tournament he has suffered from depression.

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"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.

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

It's not just about the players feeding a voracious traveling media pack with material.

Having to wait until Monday, four days after the World Cup began, has Jones admitting the England team are itching to get their campaign underway.

"If anything the atmosphere out there seems a bit quieter", Matt said.

"Obviously I'd have to get back to England and then get back again, so that's obviously not ideal but it's part of life".

A shining light during an otherwise disappointing Under-21 European Championship in 2015, Lingard was handed his England debut in Southgate's first match in charge of the senior team in October 2016.

Coming to Tunisia, they are playing in their fifth World Cup but they have never got beyond the group stages. "They're clear on how we want to play, they're clear on the opposition".

"We've got some of the best coaches in the world working in our league so there are some fascinating ideas", Southgate told the FA's website.

Southgate and his 23-man squad are preparing to play their opening fixture in the tournament on Monday, when they take on Group G rivals Tunisia in Volgograd.

Such considered tutelage coupled with the promise at his disposal has brought encouragement ahead of the World Cup, but it is underpinned by common sense.


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