England | Belgium | Panama | Tunisia

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Ashley Young said he had no concerns over his family coming to Russian Federation, amid worries over racism after defender Danny Rose announced he had told his family not to travel to the tournament.

But Southgate insists that his players are primarily determined to entertain and ensure that England at least enjoys a feel-good factor during the tournament.

"So to now be managing and leading my country to a World Cup is an extra special moment. The most important is the way you play, and your performances and your results".

Rashford shone with a stunning opening goal in England's final warm-up friendly against Costa Rica last week, but England are hopeful he will be fit for their tournament opener against Tunisia on Monday with Southgate describing the injury as a "slight knock".

"We worked together on ITV during the Euros in Poland and Ukraine and we got on really well and share a similar outlook". We want to take this tournament head on,"goal.com quoted the England captain, as saying". Sometimes going into a big tournament is about not losing and being passive but, for us, it's about playing attacking football.

Stevenage Manager Teddy Sheringham during the Sky Bet League Two match between Yeovil Town and Stevenage at Huish Park

Early exits in the group stages at the 2014 World Cup and in humiliating fashion to Iceland at Euro 2016 have tempered expectations England can end a 52-year wait to win the World Cup.

"I think a lot has been said about staying in cliques and teams staying in teams, but I've not seen that at all here".

Yaya had other criticism for Guardiola adding, "Like all players, I have bickered with my coaches".

England face Tunisia on June 18 and also play Panama and Belgium in Group G.

"There was a clear shift in the identity of the team, we went to a back three and people have been warmed by that, not only the young players in this squad, but the young players in the system, the success with the junior teams".

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