England squad head to Russian Federation as World Cup campaign gets underway

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Mark Ogden and Alison Bender report from Moscow on the safety measures and atmosphere ahead of Thursday's World Cup opener.

Before that, there were penalty shootout losses in 1990, 1996, 1998, 2004, 2006 and 2012.

"You just have to make sure you put in the pressure on the training field and if you get given a chance, take it".

It's no surprise that the nation's expectations are low heading to Russian Federation.

However, Rashford being back fit will be a major boost for England boss Gareth Southgate. Defender Kyle Walker even acknowledged it would be a "miracle" if England won football's biggest prize this year.

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Allardyce became England manager in July 2016 but was sacked by the FA after 67 days for behaving "inappropriately" when caught up in a newspaper sting.

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"You have to play against the team in front of you and it is going to be a tough task but we are fully prepared for that".

Southgate has real attacking talent to choose from in Manchester United's Jesse Lingard and Marcus Rashford, plus Kane's Tottenham team-mate Dele Alli and Manchester City's Raheem Sterling, with Jamie Vardy likely to be unleashed as an impact substitute.

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Southgate, who was an accomplished defender, is one of the few England players of recent vintage to have known relative success at an global tournament, having been in the side that reached the semifinals of Euro 96.

Ferdinand even reflected on his own time within the England set-up, stating that every time he endured a disappointing moment with England, it allowed for a period of analytical self-reflection that he believes will hopefully benefit this England team in the long-run.

England's medical staff are treating a knee issue that Southgate called a "slight knock" upon touching down in Russian Federation on Tuesday, with midfielder Jordan Henderson using a similarly relaxed tone the following day.

The most straightforward department for Southgate: Harry Kane will start as the central striker, with Jamie Vardy and Marcus Rashford as backups.

World champions Germany (62,541), China (40,251) and Australia (36,359) make up the top 10, with Poland, Sweden and Denmark also expected to be backed by thousands of supporters during the tournament.

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