England arrive! Three Lions rock up at Repino hotel for World Cup

Marcus Newton
June 17, 2018

"So I think yes, I think they can do it".

"Obviously there is more pressure because this is a World Cup but every player in the squad has dealt with pressure".

"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".

Fabian, 28, has vowed to be at the birth no matter what after getting permission from manager Gareth Southgate to leave the England camp the moment his wife goes into labour.

The England boss added he would "probably know" his starting XI for the Group G opener against Tunisia in Volgograd on June 18 "if it was tomorrow", but insisted there was still plenty of time for players to stake their claim.

England, in Allardyce's absence and now with Southgate at the helm, coasted their World Cup qualification, winning seven of their subsequent nine outings, drawing the other two, conceding three goals and bagging 17 in the process.

Mourinho suggested favourites like Germany, France and Brazil should not be seen as shoo-ins based on how they look on paper.

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"I think we've still got five days before the first game so it's just a little bit of a precaution for him to make sure he is OK".

Lingard left his home in Warrington aged 12 to enrol with Manchester United but he needed four loan spells before finally making his debut under Louis van Gaal.

"He had faith in me to play me against Malta for my debut and I can only thank him for that and ever since then I have kicked on and done well".

But Lingard, like many of his team-mates, did not get to this point the easy way.

Attendees underwent security checks at the entrance, with children given a Three Lions gift bag by volunteers. "I'm a defender first and foremost, and if I'm playing right centre-half I am even more of a defender than the wing-backs". I hope the messages we are giving them are developing a style of play they believe in and that they are building the strength of character to withstand some of the hard moments we will definitely have to go through in a tournament.

Nearly two million people lost their lives during the six-month siege of the city and, with relations between Russian Federation and the United Kingdom now strained, Southgate said England's trip offers a chance of perspective.

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