Published: Mon, July 09, 2018
Sport | By Tony Jimenez

Fabian Delph: 'No complacency within England camp'

Fabian Delph: 'No complacency within England camp'

England global, Danny Rose, says the Three Lions are better prepared for the World Cup, thanks to their embarrassment at the hands of Iceland at Euro 2016.

The England captain, who played in the calamitous 2-1 defeat by Iceland in Euro 2016 and who is yet to score in a major global tournament, says he knows the team needs to win back fans after multiple disappointments.

England is the third youngest team in the tournament and head coach Gareth Southgate has done his utmost to lower the expectations.

Fabian Delph dismisses suggestions that England's players could fall prey to complacency ahead of their World Cup Group G opener against Tunisia in Volgograd on Monday.

"That's been a danger in more recent history thinking about what the problems might be, how it might feel if it goes wrong, we know all of that".

Southgate has a young and dynamic group of players but English footballers have rarely looked comfortable in slow, possession-based games.

"I'm looking forward to another major tournament with England", said Eric.

"Equally, we have other stories in our camp which I think help to take the pressure away from him".

"I don't really play pranks as such".

England will face Tunisia in a Group G match in Volgograd on Monday before taking on Panama in Nizhny Novgorod on June 24 and playing Belgium in Kaliningrad on June 28.

"Obviously I would have to get back to England and then get back again and obviously that it is not ideal but it is part of life", he said. "We've got to focus on what might be possible with this team", he said when selecting his squad.

The overall record contrasts markedly with that in England's opening games at European Championships, where in nine appearances they have lost their first game on four occasions and drawn the other five.

Even though Netherlands is above Uruguay in the official Fifa World Cup Ranking, they still have never managed to clinch it.

Southgate's players watched the six-goal thriller between Spain and Portugal on Friday night as each side showed why many have them circled among the favourites in Russian Federation.

Kane says that, despite being captain, leadership will be shared among players but that he knows he has to deliver the goals.

And research shows just one in ten England fans believe Gareth Southgate's men can win the biggest prize in football.

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