Southgate wants England players to entertain nation's fans

Jo Caldwell
June 13, 2018

"We just didn't know what to do to get back in the game when we were behind because we just hadn't planned for it".

"Ultimately we know we'll be judged on results but we have to focus on the processes", he said.

After flying into Saint Petersburg, England headed to their base camp in the seaside town of Repino, 45 kilometres (30 miles) northwest of the city, where preparations will start for the Three Lions' opening game against Tunisia on Monday.

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"There will be tough moments, and ups and downs".

"You can pick knocks up, there is one or two very close calls that we can see how we players are when we get into sessions here".

The displays in the warm-up matches have been in contrast to England's performances in recent years, which critics say have been hallmarked by disjointed and often tiresome football - just 40,000 fans turned up for a friendly against Norway at Wembley in 2014, and some travelling fans booed a the end of a 4-0 win in Malta last year.

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"I've talked before about there being a disconnect between the supporters and the team", Southgate said.

England national team captain, Harry Kane, believes that their team can achieve the World Cup title in Russian Federation and win their first title since the 1966 World Cup. I've always felt you go through spells. "I want to score in tournament football and that's what I will try and do".

Underscoring the importance of the tournament, Kane said that there are many big tournaments like Champions League and Premier League, but nothing is bigger than the World Cup for him. It's the one competition everybody dreams of winning.

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The absence of Italy, Netherlands, Republic of Ireland and Chile, who were backed by 13,000 fans during last year's Confederations Cup, has raised the prospect of some games at the World Cup being played to smaller crowds than originally anticipated.

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