England boss Gareth Southgate raring to go


England manager Gareth Southgate has insisted that club rivalries will not taint his side's hopes of enjoying a successful World Cup campaign in Russian Federation. We definitely don't have that divide in the team any more.

"It's going to be hard, but it's possible we'll become world champions, we have the players and the coaching staff for it, some of us play in the best clubs in the world and are in the top of the league", he told t-online.

Kane, who will captain his country at the tournament, acknowledged that England have been "passive" and have focused too much on avoiding defeat in previous tournaments.

Sam Allardyce has insisted it should be him and not Gareth Southgate leading England at the World Cup.

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

"Personally, that (scoring) record is something I want to change, and hopefully will this summer", said Kane.

England are off to the World Cup.

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"Sometimes going into a big tournament is about not losing and being passive".

"We have a lot of attacking flair that can do some damage". "But for us it's about winning the first game, second game and to take that attitude to the World Cup".

England face Tunisia in their opening Group G fixture on Monday, before taking on Panama and Belgium.

It will be the first World Cup appearance for the Tottenham striker, and Kane said that he wants to improve his scoring record in the big tournaments.

"It's the one competition that everybody dreams of winning".

Iceland will be making their first appearance at this year's FIFA World Cup in Russian Federation where they are drawn in Group D with Argentina, Nigeria and Croatia.

There are widespread concerns surrounding racism on the eve of the World Cup, with the Russian Football Union fined £22,000 by FIFA for racist chanting in a March friendly against France in St Petersburg.