Gareth Southgate tells England to not let pressure…

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England are chomping at the bit to get started after days of watching other World Cup games and hoping to kick-off a major tournament with a win for the first time since the 2006 World Cup.

England midfielder Fabian Delph has no qualms over putting his World Cup dreams on ice if his wife goes into labour with the couple's third child.

"That connection with the supporters is really important", coach Gareth Southgate said.

The team said earlier that the injury "isn't thought to be serious". "His stats over the last few years tell us he's heading that way".

"I've met many of them and lots have stories from tournaments going way back". 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.

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Then in order to get our best players on the pitch, we played with a diamond for an 18-month period when we won the Toulon tournament. We have got to handle being in front in games and managing it well, but to also have the character that if we are behind in games we are never beaten. "Training's been fantastic", he said.

"You've got to enjoy your time on the field no matter what game it is, and you know the big games you've got to go into them full of confidence and knowing that you are going to win. I think he was away at an England camp and he had to fly back to see the birth of his child, he got there 10 minutes before - so hopefully I can do the same".

"The more you watch a team, the more you start to see familiar patterns of play and how they build up".

The England captain, who played in the calamitous 2-1 defeat by Iceland in Euro 2016 and who is yet to score in a major worldwide tournament, says he knows the team needs to win back fans after multiple disappointments. "But obviously it's there, and it's very exciting, if I'm being honest. And you can see from the changes we've made this season, we're getting better".

But whatever side Southgate sends out at the Volgograd Arena - with Rashford expected to have to make do with a place on the bench despite his man-of-the-match performance in the final warm-up friendly against Costa Rica - you can bet England will have done their homework.

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