England's Gareth Southgate 'not somebody to be messed with' - Danny Rose

Tanya Simon
June 18, 2018

"This season has been fundamental in my career, I've grown a lot", Delph said after winning a domestic double under Guardiola last season.

Regarded as one of the world's top strikers Kane is the pride of Tottenham fans but is yet to truly win the hearts and minds of the England faithful. "I've got time to think while I'm here and when I get back from the World Cup about how I can go forward and help people".

"So, as a group of players, that is what we are going to do - enjoy our football, play with no fear and play exciting football at the same time".

The manager said he hoped his team would also draw strength from England's recent poor tournament performances.

"But the last few years I've improved and now I'm here, and can't wait to get out there and show the world what I've got".

Southgate is among the more personable figures in English football and has encouraged a closer relationship with both fans and media, but worries about him being too nice to take the tough decisions have been emphatically put to bed. It literally is buy into what he and his coaching staff believe or he won't choose you.

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Harry Kane has promised to tackle the World Cup head on, embracing his responsibilities as the team's leader in his naturally modest fashion, and is as likely to be your grandmother's hero this summer as a die-hard England supporter's.

"Some of the preparation for the Euros I would have liked to do differently, especially for the Iceland game", he said.

Southgate was promoted from the under-21 set-up to guide England through qualifying when Sam Allardyce's short reign was ended after just one game in charge.

'Iceland did exactly the same the week before and I don't think England sent any scouts or even Hodgson went to the game.

"We wanted to get the right balance around the location in terms of travel, in terms of climate, and the quality of the training ground that is paired with that".

"We want to mix and engage with the local community but equally it's important to have a base where the players can relax and switch off without being disturbed". Let me tell you, it is far from symbolic.

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