England know the team that will face Tunisia, says Delph

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     England's players throw around the'Rocket in training

REUTERS England's players throw around the'Rocket in training

"I do know the team but I am not allowed to tell you", Delph said with a grin at the daily news conference.

If England can get anywhere near those levels, they should kick off a major tournament with victory for the first time since 2006. 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.

However with England having "so many good players" Delph was sure that anyone who wasn't picked wouldn't be upset at not being in the line up.

"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".

"He understands the way I play", Lingard, now boasting 12 caps and a realistic chance of starting against Tunisia, said.

The return to training of Rashford is good news for the manager, who revealed Rashford's "slight knock" upon landing in Russian Federation.

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"He is meticulous, is considered, he wants to be the best he can be, and he believes he can be one of the best in the world and his stats over the last few years tell us he's heading that way, so of course he is a key player for us".

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Southgate said he had focused on shoring up the mindset of his players, drumming into them the importance of sticking to the game plan and being ready for all scenarios on the pitch, something he said Spain and Portugal embodied in their thrilling 3-3 draw on Friday.

"And people have said I'm an intelligent footballer, so I have to learn off the other players that are intelligent and play in the same position as well".

"But whether you're selected on the day of the game or the day before, I think it's all the same thing".

"Obviously the players at Manchester City, the influence on us, you can see the changes some of the players have made this season, he's helped us improve".

"We don't see any dangers, everyone can see the security around the tournament".

"Our first objective is to qualify from the group and we have to be prepared for the fact that might happen smoothly or it might have to go into the 89th or 94th minute of the third game".

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. "I'm there for the spirit of the camp to get everyone going, to get them all happy".

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