Jesse Lingard enjoying Gareth Southgate's 'play with freedom' mentality

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The World Cup is well underway in Russian Federation at the moment, and England are due to play their first game tomorrow.

England will also come up against Belgium and Panama, with Lingard insisting the players are not feeling the weight of expectation as they aim to secure just a second major trophy.

You want to be a team who score late goals rather than concede them.

Much has been made of the relaxed, close atmosphere among Southgate's men - in stark contrast to the recriminations that have followed numerous Three Lions' tournament exits over recent years.

"Sometimes those really good people who follow us are overlooked at the expense of some who have caused problems in the past", Southgate said.

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"We have got to feel that it is a festival of football that you are fully involved in, and look to play as well as we can".

"Back at training again but this time there is a difference: Marcus Rashford is out there finally on Russian soil", Matt reported. "We know how they like to play and we have a game plan which we hope will work", explained Delph at a press conference today.

"The team is not guaranteed to be the 11 players that we think it might be".

That is essentially the formula Southgate is expected to use in the World Cup with Kieran Trippier and Ashley Young likely to occupy the wing-back positions which Conte used to such good effect with Victor Moses and Marcos Alonso.

The overall record contrasts markedly with that in England's opening games at European Championships, where in nine appearances they have lost their first game on four occasions and drawn the other five.

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"I mean the goal was world-class, really, but he's teasing defenders by the touchline and his performance wasn't ideal, but he was enjoying his football and that was great to see".

"I do know the team but I am not allowed to tell you", Delph said with a grin at the daily news conference. "The World Cup is another step above the Euros". You just pick up little things of what they do and try to put it into your game.

England's Harry Kane answers a question at a press conference for the 2018 soccer World Cup, at the Volgograd Arena in Volgograd, Russia, Sunday, June 17, 2018.

Months of preparations come to a head on Monday as the Three Lions take to the field at the Volgograd Arena and face Tunisia in their Group G opener.

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