Gareth Southgate intends to maintain England's bold attacking approach at the World Cup and has warned his defensive midfielders Jordan Henderson and Eric Dier that only one of them may start at the tournament.
"Had I been in Ryan Bertrand's shoes, and I missed out, I would have been very angry, so I know I've been very lucky and I'm going to do everything I can to repay the manager", he said.
"No, that's why he's here", said Southgate when asked if he would have any qualms starting the Liverpool full-back in the first game in Russian Federation. I feel I've got experience playing in big games, so if people want to speak to me or I want to speak to them, the group is tight-knit like that.
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With England to stage several home games away from Wembley in their yearly itinerary when the expected £600m purchase of the national stadium is completed by billionaire American Shahid Khan, tomorrow's match in Leeds will act as useful preparation for the future.
"There is still improvement we need to make to go as far as they believe is possible, but that's natural".
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But the player says there is no guarantee that he will start. "We've got to enjoy the occasion and we can't wait to get out there and get started".
Southgate said: "I don't think anybody gets to be a top player without having resilience and that is developed in different moments of your career".
A fully-fit England squad trained at St George's Park ahead of their final friendly before the tournament.
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Kieran Trippier added: "When you play the 3-5-2 you've got the No. 8s, it's like a diamond, so every time you get the ball there's an option for you".