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Rio Ferdinand backs Marcus Rashford to impress at World Cup

Rio Ferdinand backs Marcus Rashford to impress at World Cup

Costa Rica may be be ranked 30 places higher than their fellow Central Americans but how England line up against them - and the kind of football they try to play - will surely offer heavy hints about Southgate's plans. Rose is a better option for England at this moment than Young. He also said that they had group discussions on key issues such as how to respond to potential racism in Russian Federation this month and also on tactics - which the players are encouraged to contribute to.

"She is great and my family will always come first but we have got a big tournament to prepare for". With no goalkeeper. I didn't want them to affect my confidence. Following closely behind are France and England, who average 26 years and 18 days old. Southgate acknowledged concerns about a lack of experience but claimed it was outweighed by the benefits.

On Thursday, England played their last global friendly before they jet off to the World Cup in Russian Federation.

Speaking to BBC Radio 5 live, Southgate said: "Marcus is desperate to do well and we said to him and all the players we were expecting mistakes to be made". When we went a goal behind against Iceland, we didn't know what to do. He has encouraged the squad to tell their backstories to each other to improve cohesion on the pitch but also to improve the public image of the team.

Up front, there was a place for Jamie Vardy as Southgate tested out playing with the Leicester City striker as the focal point of his attack. "As a team, we are hugely supportive of what he's done". It's not a comfortable space for us to be at times but it helps to build a togetherness.

"It's one of the things that the three boys that have been on standby have talked about when I spent time with them today, and that's not to be underestimated because I think that gives us a real strength going into Russian Federation".

The Three Lions' catalogue of heart breaking failures from 12 yards in World Cup and European Championships started back in 1990 when Sir Bobby Robson's side were eliminated by Germany, and sadly for England fans this has been a much too common theme ever since. "We need that competition, but I'm delighted with our preparation and I feel positive about our platform leading into the tournament", he said.

"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".

"Then you've got to be good enough and lucky enough to make it".

The difference in manager wages demonstrates the huge gap between the competitors, with England manager Gareth Southgate only the seventh best-paid boss.



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