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World Cup 2018 England at Elland Road

PAWorld Cup 2018 England v Costa Rica will kick off at Elland Road

Asserting that England has no chance of winning the 2018 FIFA World Cup, legendary striker Gary Linekar said that current coach Gareth Southgate should give youngsters a chance to gain experience for future tournaments.

"He's still learning the game, really, which I know sounds freaky because he is now an England global, but he has so few league appearances that he is incredibly raw. That is good competition and that is what we need", the Manchester United defender said, per the Independent. "He is a fighter, he is dynamic, he's so good, but he has to improve that". It was just sort of bobbling about so I thought I would have a go.

He added: "He [Rashford] shone in the Raheem Sterling role, playing off the centre forward, in this case Jamie Vardy, yet it would still be a surprise if he usurped Sterling".

"I think what is key in this tournament is ensuring the best possible intelligence about the movements of the Russian fans".

"In terms of being dedicated, he's one of the most dedicated footballers I've come across".

With talisman Cristiano Ronaldo back in the side, Portugal strolled to a 3-0 win over Algeria in a World Cup warm-up match in Lisbon on Thursday.

However, he is ready to move on now, and claims the chance to create history on the worldwide stage is an ideal way to draw a line under his European dismay.

"It's one of the things that the three boys that have been on standby have talked about when I spent time with them today, and that's not to be underestimated because I think that gives us a real strength going into Russian Federation". "It will always be there because it hurts so much".

"I don't think these banning orders will make any difference to the situation over there". I will look forward to picking up with England for the European qualifiers.

"At the Euros in two years or the next World Cup there'll be more demands".

"Obviously I want to keep on getting more game time for England and scoring more goals".

Southgate has been fine-tuning for 12 months, convinced a three-man backline is England's best method to achieve success in Russian Federation, not only in tackling the opposition but bringing the best out of his squad.

But the off-field impression - and the fact Southgate has used all 23 players in these two friendlies - means this England camp is a particularly harmonious one.

"You can see that a lot of the lads are confident", said Henderson.

Police have also warned anyone involved in football-related antisocial behaviour during the World Cup could receive a banning order. "Take each game as it comes, and you never know what will happen".

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