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Southgate announces England line-up for Tunisia clash

19 June, 2018, 04:34 | Author: John Swanson
  • Steven Gerrard left and Joe Cole centre

With regard to Monday's game against Tunisia, the England captain said the whole team wanted to attack, to create chances and score goals at this major tournament.

Numerous fans had taken the 18-hour train journey from Moscow, which is about 900 km (559.23 miles) to the north of Volgograd, and had built up a huge sense of anticipation before the game, believing that England would easily beat Tunisia.

England and Tunisia players swatted away swarms of gnats during their opening World Cup game in Russia's riverside city of Volgograd on Monday. After an incredible game Hainsey and Buvey bring you all the action as it happened direct from Volgograd.

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British Embassy officials in Russian Federation have sounded an optimistic note ahead of England's first match at the World Cup, praising Volgograd for the welcome it has given the Three Lions' travelling support.

He also chose to play with a 3-4-3 formation with Tottenham Hotspur's Harry Kane leading the attacking line.

"For him I am personally delighted but I know the pride he will feel in leading his country to victory tonight will be the biggest for him", said Southgate.

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The 47-year-old believed England deserved their victory and said he would have been proud of the performance even if they had not found a late victor. The penalty was awarded after Kyle Walker caught Fakhreddine Ben Youssef with his arm. "We kept going. We spoke a lot about togetherness and we've got a great bond together", Kane said.

Chris Watkins, 53, who is originally from Leicester but has lived and run a travel firm in Volgograd for five years, said: "We were bit flat at times but a win's a win".

The World Cup draw put England in Group G alongside Tunisia, Panama and Belgium.

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"I think if the Skripal business hadn't happened we would have had 10,000 here", he said.

England came to Russian Federation determined to put behind them the disappointment of the 2014 World Cup in Brazil when they failed to win a game and went out at the first hurdle.

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