Cahill hails Sterling's attitude after tough week for England forward

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Of Wolves' Ikeme, 31, who last played first-team football in March 2017 and may have proved the solution for a team often accused of lacking a convincing goalkeeper, Rohr added: "There is also the opportunity to have a think about our sick goalkeeper, Carl Ikeme".

"I've not had a chance to see that back again, it looked a very tight call from where I was sitting".

Sterling went in the book for taking an unnecessary tumble in the box and Eric Dier rose to head wide as England sought to reassert themselves. But his decision making on crosses, the punch he made, his distribution and calmness to slide passes into midfield... that was really important to the way we want to play. I completely understand where he's coming from.

"This England team is a tight-knit group, we stick together through the ups and downs, the negatives and the positives", Lingard said.

The official home and away strips for Russian Federation 2018 reportedly sold out within three minutes of going on sale on Nike's online store on Friday, while people were seen queuing outside a flagship Oxford Street shop in London.

He may be 32 years old and heading towards the end of his career, but Cahill's knack for getting in the right place at the right time and leadership qualities will see him start England's group games at the World Cup. Everybody has to maintain his level. I was really pleased with that. "I wouldn't necessarily say that that was the side today that starts against Tunisia, but clearly, it wouldn't be far away".

"In the second half we corrected some mistakes and played a lot better".

Shortly after, another chance fell to the hosts when Jesse Lingard tried to beat Francis Uzoho at his near post but the latter made a timeous block to keep him out. How long do we go on with something?

"We were deservedly a couple of goals to the good at half time".

"We couldn't train on Friday because of rain, the pitch wasn't good. In general we can improve, we have to learn from that five-six minute spell, because that could be enough to put you out in a tournament, but we were definitely more of a threat on goal than in previous matches".

The selection of the uncapped but precocious Trent Alexander-Arnold means he has fresh competition too, but his corner provided the opening goal for Gary Cahill on Saturday, moments after testing the keeper with a sharp free-kick.

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