Rashford joins England training at World Cup base

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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.

Rashford's fitness means Manchester City forward Raheem Sterling could be picked to start in England's attack in their opening game.

"We're pleased with how preparation has gone up until now, we fly out tomorrow so it'll be good to get on with it now", said Southgate.

"He's been there, he's done it, he's played", Young said of Southgate.

"I'm confident it won't happen - I won't say 100 per cent because you never know in football - but in this team we wear our heart on our sleeve". In the end, we want to entertain where we possibly can.

Possibly a lame excuse in England's defence - for the '74 and '78 World Cup finals - only 16 teams were in both showpieces.

And before that, who could forget Diego Maradona's "Hand of God" goal that denied England in the World Cup semifinals in 1986?

The Tottenham forward believes the squad can build on a positive atmosphere within the camp.

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"My Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino was obviously the player who gave away the penalty so we have a bit of banter about it every now and then".

The showpiece event in Russian Federation will be Kane's first World Cup, having previously played for England at Euro 2016 and in the 2015 Under-21 European Championship, but the Tottenham striker wants to break his duck of never scoring at a major tournament.

"We didn't want a third game", the former defender said last month.

"We know each game is going to be tough but we're fully prepared for that first game".

England's 23-man squad includes 11 black, Asian and ethnic minority players - the highest number they have taken to any major competition.

There are widespread concerns surrounding racism on the eve of the World Cup, with the Russian Football Union fined £22,000 by FIFA for racist chanting in a March friendly against France in St Petersburg.

But Young will have his family present at the games and backed the Football Association's security measures to keep everyone safe.

"And if it's public you've got to hit a level of performance, you've got to entertain the supporters, and maybe all the players aren't ready to go again. But don't worry, we are going to get there.'" Indeed, Ferdinand even believes that defeat in Russian Federation could be to the long-term benefit of the England players.

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