Published: Thu, June 14, 2018
Life&Culture | By Sue Mclaughlin

England arrive! Three Lions rock up at Repino hotel for World Cup


England manager Gareth Southgate has confirmed that Manchester United and Three Lions forward Marcus Rashford has sustained an injury that will potentially see him miss his country's World Cup opener on Monday. "We just wanted to get over here and settled to start to prepare for the games ahead", said England captain Harry Kane.

The Euro 2016 humiliation at the hands of Iceland, when Roy Hodgson's team was eliminated by the tournament minnows at the second round stage in France, further dented the damaged relationship between the supporters and players.

The Manchester United youth product, who has scored thrice while on worldwide duty, was set to attend his first World Cup this month, although his most recent injury has put his inclusion in doubt.

"He has taught me so much about the game: just managing the game, understanding the game, and knowing the players around you really".

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"We are seeing now that this is a team that is enjoying each other's company, getting on well, very proud to represent their nation, that have some talent, a real desire and determination to play for England and are determined to play in a style that people are enjoying watching". We know everything else comes on the back of that. We ask people to pay a lot of money to watch football.

"I'd be surprised if the majority of players did not say the World Cup is the biggest sporting event in the world. In the end, we want to entertain where we possibly can". "I'm professional. I've played the game, [being] 28 now, as long as it is for the team, and [if] the manager feels it is going to benefit the team, then why not?" Constantly trying to improve, playing in a style that we've used in the past year or so and that people have warmed to.

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

On Rashford's display, Three Lions boss Southgate said: 'What pleased me most is that he enjoyed his football tonight. "We want to take this tournament head on".

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