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England landed in Russian Federation on Tuesday hoping a talented young World Cup squad spearheaded by captain Harry Kane can shake off the disappointments of recent tournaments.

Here, Press Association Sport takes a look at the players' social media posts ahead of their departure.

Kane, who jetted off to Russian Federation with his team-mates on Tuesday, was still at school when Pochettino fouled Michael Owen in the 2002 World Cup, allowing David Beckham to score from the penalty spot and earn England a 1-0 group-stage win over Argentina. The victory will also help calm down an ever-sceptical English press.

England open their Group G campaign in Volgograd against Tunisia on Monday night (7pm) and take on Panama and Belgium in their other clashes as they look to make the knockout rounds - as they failed to do in Brazil four years ago.

"You can pick knocks up, there is one or two very close calls that we can see how we players are when we get into sessions here".

"So to now be managing and leading my country to a World Cup is an extra special moment".

Until now? Gareth Southgate's squad arrive in Russian Federation as collectively the youngest in the tournament, an exciting array of talent but actually on the face of it, for the first time in my lifetime watching the national team, not that much expectation.

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However, Young believes Southgate has used his personal experience of representing his country at World Cup's to instil a sense of togetherness in this group of Three Lions stars.

'Whenever you're in an England shirt you have an opportunity to make history'.

"I think he knows what the players need, how to get players together and I think he's brought that togetherness back".

"We are obviously excited to be here now".

We have the talent in this squad to win football matches, it's all a case of whether Harry Kane and co can do it on the biggest stage in the game.

England go into the tournament in good form having gone ten games unbeaten, winning seven of them. "The FA have spoken to us security-wise and I've got every confidence in them and with family going out there".

The sticker book has been a work in progress for a couple of months, my wife has already threatened divorce if one more wallchart is put up in the garage and my eyes will go square if I read one more preview ahead of the greatest show on earth.


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