Gareth Southgate sees 'shift' in England supporters' attitude toward team

Harry Kane

Harry Kane

Iceland will be making their first appearance at this year's FIFA World Cup in Russian Federation where they are drawn in Group D with Argentina, Nigeria and Croatia. "Whenever you're in an England shirt you have an opportunity to make history".

Gareth Southgate and the England squad jet out to Russian Federation this week but received their own flying visit at St George's Park on Sunday.

"We all get on very well and have come through the ranks together".

Atkinson is planning to reach Kaliningrad for England's final group game against Belgium on June 28.

"We know we are not the finished article, in fact we're a long way from, but I think people see signs of progress and enjoy watching us and the manner in which we try to play".

Geoff Hurst
DS Harry Kane must cope with the pressure says Geoff Hurst

They do so in good spirits, with inter-camp harmony at a peak, no injuries to speak of and a pair of quietly encouraging friendly wins over Nigeria and Costa Rica to reflect on.

England continued preparations for their own adventure by holding an internal match at St George's Park yesterday lunchtime.

The 1966 World Cup winners failed to get out of the group in 2014, when they were defeated by Italy and Uruguay, and lost 4-1 to Germany in the round of 16 in 2010.

"We hope we can send people to work the following day having enjoyed our matches, I know what those tournament experiences can be like and we desperately want to bring that", he said. "And I don't think any player would tell you any different".

"But a couple of them went flying into tackles and you're thinking "bloody hell", and you're just jumping out the way of things". That's what we are trying to instill into the team. They will play their opening game against Tunisia on June 18.


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