Southgate won’t walk England off in Russian Federation despite racism fears

Watch England Football Stars Prepare For 2018 World Cup With A Game Of Kabaddi

England footballers enjoy a game of Kabaddi during a training session ahead of FIFA World Cup

His fellow fullback, Ashley Young, said last week that England's players had talked about the potential for racist abuse from spectators.

Kane and Cahill both found the net as England beat Nigeria 2-1 at Wembley in the first of two World Cup warmup friendlies on Saturday, with the striker finding the flawless way to mark his first global appearance since being handed the armband on a permanent basis by Gareth Southgate. As a player I'm ready and I'm backing the team whether I start or not.

"It's no secret that I've been through a testing time at Tottenham this season", said Rose.

"Of course there is scrutiny, but we don't want to be involved in matches where there is no possibility of achieving history".

There were fears that the 24-year-old striker would not be in peak condition for the 2018 Soccer World Cup after an ankle injury kept him out of action for three weeks in March.

He told the Standard: "I'm not anxious for myself but I've told my family I don't want them going out there [to Russia] because of racism and anything else that may happen".

England face Costa Rica at Elland Road on Thursday and will play a practice match in training before flying to Russian Federation on June 12, but Cahill believes psychological preparation is the top priority for Southgate's squad in the coming days.

"My dad's really upset".

"I don't want to be worrying, when I'm trying to prepare for games, for my family's safety". I could hear it in his voice. "If anything happens to me, it wouldn't affect me like it would if my family had been abused".

In 2012, while on Under-21 duty in Serbia, he was subjected to monkey chants. "That was emotional, hearing that".

"I've got a lot of faith in this group of players, there are fantastic players in a close group and we have to use that".

Not many people fancy Gareth Southgate's side at the World Cup this summer, but if they are to have any chance whatsoever of progressing through to the latter stages of the competition, Kane will have to be at his very best.

"He is part of our team and part of our family for the next few months, so we intend to protect our players".

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