England players are dressed for success ahead of finals

13 June 2018, 01:35 | Kristine Mills

Belgium are one of the favourites Credit afp

The Belgium team

"Personally, that (scoring) record is something I want to change, and hopefully will this summer", said Kane.

The Euro 2016 humiliation at the hands of Iceland, when Roy Hodgson's team was eliminated by the tournament minnows at the second round stage in France, further dented the damaged relationship between the supporters and players. They have some talent, have a real desire and determination to play for England.

And they have chosen a song by Glasgow-born Lonnie Donegan for the dubious honour, with the track known as World Cup Willie. Ultimately, we know we'll be judged on results but we have to focus on the processes. Can Tunisia win their first ever World Cup match?

"We know we are not the finished article, in fact we're a long way from that, but I think people see signs of progress and enjoy watching us and the manner in which we try to play".

Striker Marcus Rashford claimed last week that England's players are now more "clued up" under Southgate, as they bid to avoid a repeat of their past humiliations. Sometimes going into a big tournament is about not losing and being passive but, for us, it's about playing attacking football.

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"We worked together on ITV during the Euros in Poland and Ukraine and we got on really well and share a similar outlook".

'We had a lot of heartache in the past, but I am very proud to represent my country.'

"That's not just me being obviously slightly biased because I worked with him at Sunderland and Everton, but everyone at Everton saw him as the best and most consistent performer in the entire season".

England face Tunisia in their opening Group G fixture on Monday, before taking on Panama and Belgium.

Southgate prefers a more measured view, focusing on the way the Three Lions go about their work rather than predicting the final outcome.



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