Thursday, 19 July, 2018

Gareth Southgate wants England to play entertaining football at World Cup

Kevin De Bruyne and Eden Hazard joke after a past game Kevin De Bruyne and Eden Hazard joke after a past game
Kristopher Love | 12 June, 2018, 16:44

Kane says the current squad will bring a fresh approach to this summer's World Cup, though, saying: "The aim is to be aggressive and courageous in possession".

England will adopt an aggressive approach to their World Cup fixtures and tackle the tournament "head on" as Gareth Southgate's youthful squad hopes to make its mark in Russian Federation, captain Harry Kane has said.

"We definitely don't have that divide in the team any more".

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.

"We hope we can send people to work the following day having enjoyed our matches, I know what those tournament experiences can be like and we desperately want to bring that", said Southgate, whose side have warmed up with wins over fellow finalists Nigeria and Costa Rica.

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

Harry Kane has revealed that England have been working on penalties in the lead up to the World Cup as they look to improve their dismal record.

"Sometimes, going into a big tournament is about not losing and being passive but, for us, it's about winning the first game, winning the second game. It is important during the season that you fight for your club and do everything for them but come England time, you are one team and everything else goes out of the window".

"I'd love to win everything with Tottenham, but for me personally the World Cup outweighs them all".

'Everybody is looking forward to getting to the first game'.

England are all set to compete with Belgium, Tunisia and Panama in Group G of the World Cup.

"We know we are not the finished article, in fact we're a long way from that, but I think people see signs of progress and enjoy watching us and the manner in which we try to play".