England boss Gareth Southgate raring to go

England winger Raheem Sterling will be gunning for glory in Russia after a fruitful season at Manchester City

CLIVE ROSE GETTY IMAGES England winger Raheem Sterling will be gunning for glory in Russia after a fruitful season at Manchester City

England's players are on their way to Russian Federation for the World Cup.

And Tottenham striker Kane, who is likely to be England's designated penalty taker, says the current squad have been practising, whilst also urging his team-mates not to focus on past failures.

They last won a knockout tie in 2006, against Ecuador, when they reached the quarter-finals.

"The aim is to be aggressive and courageous in possession", Kane told British media.

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

There has been a positive around Gareth Southgate's squad in the build-up to Russian Federation 2018 - something Southgate, on the eve of England's departure to the World Cup, is keen to capitalise on in the coming weeks.




"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.

The Euro 2016 humiliation at the hands of Iceland, when Roy Hodgson's team was eliminated by the tournament minnows at the second round stage in France, further dented the damaged relationship between the supporters and players.

Kane was part of that team, but does not believe England are in for a repeat of that chastening defeat this summer.

"I'm confident it won't happen (again) - I won't say 100 per cent because you never know in football - but in this team we wear our heart on our sleeve". We are our own team, we have our own identity and we just have to look forward and enjoy it.

"It's going to be a gruelling adventure but we're very proud of what they are all doing".

England plays in Group G alongside Tunisia, Belgium and Panama and they are set to open their participation at the tournament against Tunisia on June 18.

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