Published: Sun, June 24, 2018
Sport | By Billy Aguilar

Marcus Rashford once again missing from England training

Marcus Rashford once again missing from England training

Kane, 24, is the youngest player to be named captain of an English team for a World Cup tournament. But that is changing.

"We are seeing now that this is a team that is enjoying each other's company, getting on well, very proud to represent their nation, that have some talent, a real desire and determination to play for England and are determined to play in a style that people are enjoying watching".

The absence of Italy, Netherlands, Republic of Ireland and Chile, who were backed by 13,000 fans during last year's Confederations Cup, has raised the prospect of some games at the World Cup being played to smaller crowds than originally anticipated.

The Manchester United youth product, who has scored thrice while on global duty, was set to attend his first World Cup this month, although his most recent injury has put his inclusion in doubt.

Screening every day from the World Cup, the show will give viewers unprecedented access from inside the team base camp.

"We're pleased with how preparation has gone up until now, we fly out tomorrow so it'll be good to get on with it now", said Southgate. "We are here, looking to do well in training and win our first match".

Southgate, who experienced the pitfalls of worldwide football when he missed a penalty in the shootout loss to old foes Germany in the Euro '96 semi-finals hosted in England, did not wish to heighten expectations which have so often been a crushing burden for the national side.

England are all set to compete with Belgium, Tunisia and Panama in Group G of the World Cup.

"Even if we have a disaster, we will learn - and you learn most when you get beaten".

The last tournament in Brazil four years ago saw England start with a 2-1 defeat to Italy, Daniel Sturridge's equaliser proving in vain as Mario Balotelli scored Italy's victor, while in 2010 England drew 1-1 with the United States after goalkeeper Rob Green's costly error.

"As a kid you want to play in the biggest tournaments and I am as excited as anyone out there".

After training with the remaining 21 members of the squad on Wednesday, Henderson said he did not know how Rashford sustained the issue.

England go into this summer's World Cup on a four-match winless run in the competition - but history suggests they can quickly buck the trend.

"We didn't want a third game", the former defender said last month. Our focus as a team has to be on the bits we can control: constantly trying to improve, playing in a style that we've used in the previous year or so, and that people have warmed to. "We just concentrate on our football".

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