Marcus Rashford set to return to England training on Friday

Marcus Rashford set to return to England training on Friday

Marcus Rashford set to return to England training on Friday

"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".

England's 20 year-old striker will miss their first training session upon their arival in Russian Federation following what Gareth Southgate termed as a "slight knock".

"So, there's a balance of how much you think you need physically, and how much mentally the players, do they want another game?"

"There will be tough moments, and ups and downs. But for us it's to play attacking football, to score, and that's important", he said.

"Our journey might get just as hard as theirs as we go along", said Southgate.

However, impressive displays in warm-up wins over Nigeria and Costa Rica have given some hope that England could win a knockout game for the first time at any major tournament for 12 years.

He struggled for form during England's dismal Euro 2016 campaign when they were knocked out by Iceland in the Round of 16.

In captain Harry Kane, England have one of the tournament's most deadly frontmen, although finding the right creative midfielders to supply him has proved problematic.

Assuming they survive a favourable group draw that has pitted them against Belgium, Tunisia and Panama, they face a likely knock-out game against Poland or Colombia followed by a possible quarterfinal against Brazil, which would be a repeat of 2002 when England narrowly lost. "But for us it's about winning the first game, second game and to take that attitude to the World Cup".

The 24-year-old striker said there were no cliques within the squad that flies out to Russian Federation later on Tuesday seeking to emulate their 1966 predecessors in lifting the trophy.

"We have another week of preparation and a lot of competition for places".

Kane says England's bid to end their World Cup drought stretching back over half a century will not be undone by a divided squad.

Kane, though, said this is not the case with the present group under Gareth Southgate - as many of them have played with each other at Under-21 level.

The England manager revealed the 20-year-old striker had picked up a "slight knock" in the Three Lions' final training session before flying out to Russian Federation, as reported by the Independent.

"We are seeing a team that is enjoying each other's company, getting on well, is very proud to represent the nation".

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