England ready for first training session after arriving in Russian Federation


We haven't spoken about it too much, with that I think it's about being free in your mind, picking where you want to go and go with it.

Marcus Rashford trained for the first time since England landed in Russian Federation for the World Cup, as all 23 squad members took part on Friday morning.

"There will be tough moments, and ups and downs".

Kane, who scored 41 goals for Tottenham Hotspur in all competitions last season, will also be hoping to find the net for the first time at a major tournament.

He told reporters: "We have been practising penalties, not every session, but every now and then the coaches will throw it in at the end of the session when we are maybe a little bit worn out in games after extra-time, the lads are exhausted, that's when it's going to happen. But for us it's to play attacking football, to score, and that's important", he said.

In captain Harry Kane, England have one of the tournament's most deadly frontmen, although finding the right creative midfielders to supply him has proved problematic.

"One night I was playing golf - next day they said you can't carry on".

"We're proud to be here, we will work hard, be energetic".

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He said there were no cliques within the squad that flies out to Russian Federation seeking to emulate their 1966 predecessors in lifting the trophy.

Both Rio Ferdinand and Steven Gerrard claimed the reason they and the others who made up the so-called "golden generation" fell short at successive finals was they could not shake off their different club rivalries when they joined up with their England team-mates.

In fact, there was more ignominy to come with the weird 67-day stewardship of Sam Allardyce, who departed after a newspaper sting, before current manager Gareth Southgate was promoted from the under-21 team.

"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.

The Manchester United youth product, who has scored thrice while on worldwide duty, was set to attend his first World Cup this month, although his most recent injury has put his inclusion in doubt. "We have a lot of attacking flair that can do some damage".

Kane and England open their World Cup campaign against Tunisia in Volgograd next Monday, followed by dates with Panama and Belgium.

"For us [the key thing] is to stay focused on ourselves, not to worry about the teams in the past and things like that".