England knows the XI for Tunisia, Delph confirms

Tyler Owen
July 9, 2018

"I can only speak about the Euros and what's happening now", he said.

England manager Gareth Southgate said he never expected to lead his country into a World Cup, but is now excited by the prospect of doing it in Russian Federation.

"I mean the goal was world-class, really, but he's teasing defenders by the touchline and his performance wasn't flawless, but he was enjoying his football and that was great to see".

Asked if he was prepared to miss a game if it came to it, Delph said: "Yeah, absolutely". The hallmark of England's preparations for Russian Federation has been shedding the past reticence to engage with the public, a calculated move by the team leadership to reconnect with a public disaffected by years of failure at tournaments and uninspiring performances.

"But players are aware there is that extra spotlight on them".

"He's empathetic, he's articulate, he has high emotional intelligence and a really good understanding of connecting with the players and getting the best out of the players - and the staff", said the FA's technical director Dan Ashworth.

After the humiliation of a second round exit at the hands of Iceland in Euro 2016 and their failure to get out of the group stage in Brazil four years ago, England fans were in no mood for rabble rousing talk of winning the tournament.

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England's batters largely struggled, with Buttler being the only one to provide resistance to the excellent Kuldeep Yadav . Skipper Morgan wanted to get going but misread the flight as he was holed at deep mid-wicket.

"We've got to make sure they don't do too much physically, don't overload them with information".

The England midfielder said Emily Webb, England senior team operations coordinator and PA to Southgate, is ready to get him back as quickly as possible - and with the blessing of the England manager.

"I don't think it would affect me mentally". You just pick up little things of what they do and try to put it into your game. "As long as your mindset is clear, you know what you need to do".

"It's very exciting if I'm being honest", Delph said.

Southgate has been playing his part, going to fan forums in the buildup to the tournament to recognize the commitment and cost involved watching England overseas.

The midfielder also spoke about Spain at this World Cup and how they are one of the favourites for the trophy.

He is unlikely to start against Tunisia, though, with manager Gareth Southgate reported to have chosen his XI on Thursday, with a reports from the Daily Mail explaining all 11 expected starters were handed bibs during a training session that was closed to the media.

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