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The Belgium team

The Belgium team

"I captained my Sunday League team the Spurs youth team and occasionally wore the armband as vice-captain for Spurs", he said.

Kane, who says his mum cried when he was handed the captaincy by Southgate, does not expect a repeat of the woeful Euro 2016 campaign which saw them beaten by minnows Iceland in the last 16 and cost then manager Roy Hodgson his job.

But Southgate insists that his players are primarily determined to entertain and ensure that England at least enjoys a feel-good factor during the tournament.

Yaya Toure might not be playing at the World Cup and he may not even have a club team right now but the former Manchester City and Barcelona man is hardly being quiet. We ask people to pay a lot of money to watch football.

Belgium were dealt an injury blow in their World Cup warm-up match against Costa Rica as Chelsea's Eden Hazard limped off with 20 minutes remaining after sustaining a suspected dead leg.

"We want to take this tournament head on", he declares.

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Striker Marcus Rashford claimed last week that England's players are now more "clued up" under Southgate, as they bid to avoid a repeat of their past humiliations.

"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".

'Everybody is looking forward to getting to the first game'. Ultimately, we know we'll be judged on results but we have to focus on the processes.

The course is actually only a three-hole course, so the mathematicians among the England squad will realise they'll need to play the loop six times.

Anticipation for the Group G opener against Tunisia on June 18 goes up a notch when Gareth Southgate's men jet out to Russian Federation on Tuesday to continue a preparation camp that has impressed in terms of quality and kinship.

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