Published: Sat, June 09, 2018
Sport | By Gary Shelton

England's Adam Lallana to bounce back from World Cup disappointment

England's Adam Lallana to bounce back from World Cup disappointment

Substitute Welbeck made certain of the win 14 minutes from time, though, diving to head home Dele Alli's cross, as England earned a vociferous send-off from the Leeds crowd before their opening match in Russian Federation against Tunisia on June 18.

Henderson has been one of Southgate's key performers in the last 12 months, and while he might have missed out on the captain's armband, with his manager turning to Harry Kane instead, the former Sunderland midfielder is desperate to be involved from the outset in Russian Federation.

"Obviously, Delph as an eight is a different type of player to Dele (Alli) as an eight but very effective tonight and we'll have different moments in games where we need those different types of players".

And while all is invariably sweetness and light before a ball is kicked in anger - or a game lost amid disappointment - before the start of any England campaign, the open-house policy was also a sign of a manager and squad at ease with themselves.

"I thought his link-up was good". "He is a fighter, he is dynamic, he's so good, but he has to improve that".

"It will be hard not being in Russian Federation, but I want to wish all the lads all the best, especially Jordan [Henderson] and Trent [Alexander-Arnold]".

"He is - how old? - 20".

"She was the one always there on the touchline with me as a kid".

Golden State Warriors could make history
James played in every game for Cleveland - 82 in the regular season (something he'd never done before) and 22 in the playoffs. Became the ninth team to sweep a finals and first to win consecutive titles since James did it with Miami in 2012 and 2013.

None of which means, of course, that England will win the World Cup or even come close - and it is clearly the case that part of the reason for the impressive preparation has been that expectations, after two miserable World Cups in a row and defeat to Iceland at the Euros, have been set low.

However, he is ready to move on now, and claims the chance to create history on the worldwide stage is an ideal way to draw a line under his European dismay. Young, fearless and I honestly think they are going to do well.

"I think it is sad, nonsense and a big red herring", said Southgate, brutally dismissing the notion boredom at their Repino base this time around could contribute to failure. I'm looking forward to achieving that but I don't want to rest on my laurels, I want to keep improving.

For the first time since May 2016 and just third since the opening of the New Wembley, England were playing a home game away from the dubbed "Home of Football".

AFC Fylde chairman David Haythornthwaite was caught up in an "onslaught" two years ago when England fans were targeted by foreign hooligans and hopes to travel to Russian Federation if England get through to the last 16.

Despite scoring a second against Costa Rica after the break, England let their opponents back into the game on Thursday night and a better team would have undoubtedly punished them more.

Marcus Rashford sent a sold-out Elland Road wild with an outstanding opener that substitute Danny Welbeck added to in a victory more comfortable than the 2-0 scoreline suggested.

"You can see that a lot of the lads are confident", said Henderson.

Like this: