Kane says England will make the country proud at #WorldCup

Kane says England will make the country proud at #WorldCup

Previous meetings: The teams have played each other once before - England beat Tunisia 2-0 in the group stage of the 1998 World Cup.

The Three Lions are set to kick off their World Cup campaign in a highly anticipated match against Tunisia.

Just two years ago the media were banned from asking questions about darts competitions among the players at Euro 2016 as a tense atmosphere around the camp was reflected in a series of dismal performances that ended in a humiliating defeat to Iceland. I think the lads want to take that into the games now.

"So, as a group of players, that is what we are going to do - enjoy our football, play with no fear and play exciting football at the same time". They've been put off by the prices. "And it is not an easy place to get to".

"That connection with the supporters is really important", coach Gareth Southgate said.

The final group game against Belgium should be the toughest test but England's recent history will prevent any complacency in the opener with Tunisia or the second game versus World Cup debutants Panama.

"I remember the first time I ever did a press interview for the FA and I said "there's no quick fixes and it's a youth development programme". Obviously Ronaldo did what he always does, we all saw it.

The city, formerly known as Stalingrad, is the site of one of the bloodiest battles in history, with estimates suggesting the number of troops killed, captured or wounded on both sides was almost two million.

Even if all of this has an effect, it is hard to see beyond the quarter-finals.

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"I've met many of them and lots have stories from tournaments going way back".

"I don't expect that to be an issue this time".

Sometimes those good people following us are overlooked at the expense of some of the guys who have caused problems in the past.

"We want to attack this tournament, we want to create chances, we want to score goals", he said.

"They were forged during the Second World War, with shared experience of destruction and devastation and vast bravery, and started by 900 women in Coventry, who sent messages of support and solidarity to their sisters in Stalingrad".

Mr Grant, a Brentford fan who lives in north London, said he was "very honoured" to be representing England at the event.

On Sunday, a few England fans were milling around Volgograd's city centre, alongside children with Russian flags painted on their cheeks and stern-looking security guards.

Nevertheless, Monday's assignment in Volgograd remains the acid test.

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