Published: Mon, June 18, 2018
Global News | By Blake Casey

Jesse Lingard: Gareth Southgate told us to play without fear

Jesse Lingard: Gareth Southgate told us to play without fear

England open their World Cup campaign on Monday with manager Gareth Southgate seeking to banish memories of dismal recent finals performances while Belgium's "Golden Generation" kick off as dark horse challengers.

"Now it's time to get down to business".

Southgate has shown no fear of changing the England squad, leaving out the likes of Rooney and Joe Hart as well as doing away with support staff members in his tenure, and Rose has taken notice of his boss' ruthless side.

And he hopes England fully engage with the showpiece unfolding across this huge country when they attempt to secure their first win in the opening game of a major tournament since Paraguay were beaten at the 2006 World Cup in Germany. "He's done it for Spurs, now he has to do it for England in a tournament".

England drew the match 0-0, with Rooney a second-half substitute, but the die was cast and he retired from global duty the following summer with 53 goals from 119 caps. Teams have tried to rough him up and that hasn't anxious him, either.

"His first camp, he didn't employ certain people", said Rose. It literally is buy into what he and his coaching staff believe or he won't choose you. "But it's not something I will think about too much until, hopefully, the end of the tournament".

"I would argue it is one of the most hard with ourselves, Tunisia and, of course, Belgium, in terms of the Federation Internationale de Football Association world rankings", he said via BBC.

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'We all cringed in the Euros when Iceland beat us, there was a lack of preparation there when a 6ft 4in centre-half came up for a long throw, it's flicked on and he scored.

"I can say now everything we've done in training here is exactly what we've seen in the videos from Tunisia".

"So there can be no excuses, no arguments".

"We wanted to get the right balance around the location in terms of travel, in terms of climate, and the quality of the training ground that is paired with that".

Southgate was promoted from the under-21 set-up to guide England through qualifying when Sam Allardyce's short reign was ended after just one game in charge. I don't know, it's pretty surreal when you think about it.

Egypt's Mohamed Salah may have topped the goalscoring stakes in last season's Premier League, but Harry Kane and Romelu Lukaku also figured prominently.

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