Fans descend on Volgograd ahead of England's World Cup opener

Fans descend on Volgograd ahead of England's World Cup opener

And she added: "Given the enormous suffering of Volgograd and the pivotal part it played in the route towards victory I think it's only fitting that the 2018 World Cup should have Volgograd as one of its host cities, after all Volgograd today plays host to people from all over the world including Great Britain, who are here in peace and with a common objective".

'Hopefully we can go there and play with a freedom that other England teams haven't had.

"I think the history will help us in terms of understanding what we can improve upon and what we can do".

Expectations for England are relatively low in Russian Federation given a decade of disappointing results at tournament level as well as Southgate's selection of a young team.

The midfielder also spoke about Spain at this World Cup and how they are one of the favourites for the trophy.

England worldwide, Danny Rose, says the Three Lions are better prepared for the World Cup, thanks to their embarrassment at the hands of Iceland at Euro 2016.

Low on expectations after repeated failures at major football tournaments, a youthful England side will look to start their World Cup campaign on a winning note when they take on Tunisia in a Group G encounter here on Monday. All I can promise is that I'll do my best and the team will too'.

"Sometimes as a player you might think one thing will work and one doesn't so it's important we have that relationship".

It's the four furthest forward that has excited fans. "We've all had to move on and who better to captain the side now than Harry Kane?". Harry Kane says they must be courageous. Whatever Southgate decides, that trident will be primed to sow confusion among the Tunisian ranks. "The last few years I've proved myself and now I'm here and I can't wait to get out there and show the world what I've got". The squad has been overhauled by Southgate and it has even been playing darts with the media at the World Cup base near St. Petersburg.

Rooney had captained the team in a 2-0 Wembley win over Malta just three days earlier and expected to do so all the way through to this summer's tournament in Russian Federation.

Though England is the favorite, Tunisia is likely to present a challenge, especially if conditions remain hot and muggy. Spain can bear witness to that, requiring a late victor in their final friendly game before the World Cup.

Sometimes those good people following us are overlooked at the expense of some of the guys who have caused problems in the past.

Mr Grant, a Brentford fan who lives in north London, said he was "very honoured" to be representing England at the event.

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