Get to know England's World Cup squad with 'The Lions' Den'

Gareth Bale of Tottenham Hotspur celebrates his second goal during the Barclays Premier League match between Aston Villa and Tottenham Hotspur at Villa Park

Get to know England's World Cup squad with 'The Lions' Den'

Captain Harry Kane and co. will be based in Repino to put the finishing touches to their World Cup preparations before trekking the 1,700km to Volgograd, one of Russia's most historic cities, on the banks of the River Volga.

That approach has seen them fail to reach the quarter-finals of a major tournament since 2006, while they have not reached the last four since 1996.

"It's going to be hard, but it's possible we'll become world champions, we have the players and the coaching staff for it, some of us play in the best clubs in the world and are in the top of the league", he told t-online.

"The aim is to be aggressive and courageous in possession", Kane told British media.

"There will be tough moments and there will be ups and downs". Sometimes going into a big tournament is about not losing and being passive but, for us, it's about playing attacking football.

Gareth Southgate has told England's World Cup-bound squad to entertain the nation's football fans during their time in Russian Federation.

Kane, who says his mum cried when he was handed the captaincy by Southgate, does not expect a repeat of the woeful Euro 2016 campaign which saw them beaten by minnows Iceland in the last 16 and cost then manager Roy Hodgson his job.

"We hope we can send people to work the following day having enjoyed those matches", he said.

"We ask people to pay a lot of money to watch football".

"It's different now. I think if you asked every single player what the difference is now they would say that we are prepared as a team for every scenario".

'Everybody is looking forward to getting to the first game'.

England are not among the pre-tournament favourites, and are priced by the bookies to finish second in Group G behind Belgium, but several members of the squad have been bullish about their prospects of winning the trophy.

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