The Red Arrows wish England luck ahead of World Cup

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Pickford has earned his place between the sticks under Gareth Southgate after an excellent season in which the former Sunderland man kept 12 clean sheets in a side that struggled to plug the leak in defence.

All that is needed now is a tournament display that leaves fans cheering by their barbecues rather than crying into their beers.

I am excited. I think every single player is, ' he said.

Chelsea star Hazard claimed earlier this week that the Red Devils" so-called "Golden Generation' will mean little if the team can not win a major trophy, and his brother, who now plays for Borussia Monchengladbach, agrees that the players have the ability to lift the trophy. "It's going to be a gruelling adventure but we're very proud of what they are all doing". They have some talent, have a real desire and determination to play for England. But for us it's to play attacking football, to score, and that's important. We want to take this tournament head on," quoted the England captain, as saying".

The Telegraph, as part of a wide-ranging operation, covertly filmed Allardyce making a variety of indiscreet and controversial comments to undercover reporters posing as businessmen, and the FA said that his conduct was "inappropriate of the England manager".

Players switched between the teams that wore England's white and black training tops, allowing Southgate to look at different combinations.

England will train at the nearby Spartak Zelenogorsk Stadium.

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Success in that fixture would take England into the last eight, with potentially GERMANY - likely winners of Group F ahead of Mexico, Sweden and South Korea - lying in wait.

Captain Harry Kane set the tone with a confident assessment of the team's chances and others have followed suit.

The golf course is located 10 minutes away from England's secluded hotel in the town of Repino. "I think everyone knows how tight-knit a group we are".

England's Football Association has set manager Gareth Southgate a target of reaching the World Cup quarter-finals in Russian Federation "as a real sign of progress" even though they have not won a knockout game at the tournament for 12 years.

"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.

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