Delph: "Pep helped me just as he has other City players"

Jesse Lingard England

MANAGER Gareth Southgate believes that England's growing habit of scoring late in competitive matches should inspire them with confidence in their World Cup journey - even in adverse situations.

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.

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

"Everyone at home wants England to win but they want to see them play well and enjoy their football and that's what I want as a coach", he said.

HARRY Kane has vowed that this England team will do their utmost to exorcise the ghosts of past tournaments and finally make the country proud of the national team.

"I likened them to Manchester City in terms of how they like to try and play football and move the ball around fast".

Southgate is credited with encouraging the warmer environment, far removed from the controlling regimes under Fabio Capello and Gary Neville, who was Roy Hodgson's assistant for the dismal 2014 World Cup and 2016 European Championship last-16 humbling to Iceland.

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"It's his calmness, the way he handles situations within the group and hard situations that always occur before tournaments", said midfielder Eric Dier.

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.

"But obviously it's there, and it's very exciting, if I'm being honest".

Gerrard thinks that could benefit the squad, although he insists players will still be aware they carry the hopes of millions of fans.

"He's dropped arguably one of the best England players ever and the top goalscorer as well".

"We were working on specific things and the lads are ready to go", added the Manchester City player, who is expected to be among the substitutes. "We have to be about the collective". The expectation is that England's final group match against Belgium will be the main event and determine which side comes out on top.

"Watching the game [Russia v Saudi Arabia] the other night it was great for the tournament to get started and get going but we just have itchy feet now waiting for our game on Monday night", he told Sky Sports News.

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