Published: Tue, June 12, 2018
Sport | By Gary Shelton

Gareth Southgate wants England to 'send people to work happy'

Gareth Southgate wants England to 'send people to work happy'

England will adopt an aggressive approach to their World Cup fixtures and tackle the tournament "head on" as Gareth Southgate's youthful squad hopes to make its mark in Russian Federation, captain Harry Kane has said.

England's Group G opener against Tunisia in Volgograd is now less than a week away, with anticipation and excitement sure to go up another notch when the team lands in Russian Federation just two days before the World Cup starts.

Leicester City striker Jamie Vardy has explained that England's inadequate preparation ahead of their round of 16 clash against debutant Iceland at the 2016 European Championship in France led to their shock exit in the hands of the minnows.

Southgate has quietly overseen a changing of the guard with England, however, by promoting young players and overlooking the likes of Wayne Rooney, Joe Hart, Theo Walcott and Jack Wilshere and he believes that England will travel to Russian Federation having already pressed the reset button with the fans.

"I've talked before about there being a disconnect between the supporters and the team and I've felt that there's different ways to bridge that".

"So, there's a balance of how much you think you need physically, and how much mentally the players, do they want another game?" "He's a nutter, but we knew that anyway". In the end, we want to entertain where we possibly can.

He added: "In an idealistic world people would say to walk off the pitch but that means we would be thrown out of the tournament, which. many people would agree with".

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The Three Lions have often capitulated in shootout scenarios at major worldwide tournaments having been knocked out of the World Cups in 1990, 1998 and 2006 on penalties.

At least England look the part before the World Cup finals in Russian Federation.

"They have some talent, have a real desire and determination to play for England and are determined to play in a style that people are warming to and are enjoying watching".

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

"For us [the key thing] is to stay focused on ourselves, not to worry about the teams in the past and things like that".

"But we are seeing that this is a team who is enjoying each other's company, getting on well and are very proud to represent their nation".

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