Tuesday, 16 October, 2018

Gareth Southgate: England are prepared, focused and ready to go

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     England's players throw around the'Rocket in training REUTERS England's players throw around the'Rocket in training
Eugene Bates | 09 July, 2018, 05:17

Having to wait until Monday, four days after the World Cup began, has Jones admitting the England team are itching to get their campaign underway.

"Essentially, you're trying to get your best players on the field in a formation that allows them to play at their very best and allows you to win matches - because sooner or later you have to win games", he said.

The Manchester United forward has put that down to Southgate, who has given the green light for his team to express themselves on the biggest stage in Russian Federation.

I can't wait to open an ice-cold Bud in July if the team make history.

"It could be changes, but from the set-up we've done it's pretty clear to see who is probably going to be starting".

"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. Obviously I'd have to get back to England and then get back again, so that's not ideal but it's part of life.

England's support staff are ready to provide the player a plane to get home as soon as he gets word of an impending birth and then jet him back to Russian Federation to rejoin the squad.

"The team is not guaranteed to be the 11 players that we think it might be".

"What will help England is I don't feel there is huge pressure or expectation like previous years", Gerrard told Press Association Sport after announcing, as Budweiser's new World Cup ambassador, an initiative offering a free beer to every adult if England win the tournament.

"I can only speak about the Euros and what's happening now", he said.

Gareth Southgate's side were drawn in Group G with their Monday night opponents as well as Belgium and Panama.

"The preparation is still the same, we are a team, it is all about the team and everybody sticks together - the manager chooses the best team to face the opponent", he said.

Even though Netherlands is above Uruguay in the official Fifa World Cup Ranking, they still have never managed to clinch it. "I played against John when I was young boy at Sheffield United", recalled Leicester man Maguire.

England's Harry Kane answers a question at a press conference for the 2018 soccer World Cup, at the Volgograd Arena in Volgograd, Russia, Sunday, June 17, 2018.

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

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