Steven Gerrard backs England stars to thrive under World Cup spotlight

Jordan Henderson: 'I hope I've done enough to earn a World Cup starting spot'

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Gareth Southgate naming his starting line-up early ahead of Monday's Group G World Cup opener against Tunisia will not disrupt England's squad harmony, according to Fabian Delph. That is understood to mean World Cup debuts for nine players with starts for Ashley Young at left wing-back and Harry Maguire in central defence, while Jordan Henderson will be the side's midfield anchor instead of Eric Dier.

"I said to all of the team before the game: 'I expect to see mistakes tonight and if I don't there'd probably be a problem because we won't be trying to be as good as we might'".

"I've bounced back now - and while I will be extremely jealous I will be watching Gareth and the lads and hope they do extremely well", he said.

"For us it's just about playing with that freedom and enjoyment but also going out there to win and play exciting football", Lingard said.

"I have to learn off these sorts of players that play in the same position as me".

England have "a good group" capable of winning the World Cup in Russia, Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has said.

"You've got to enjoy your time on the field no matter what game it is, and you know the big games you've got to go into them full of confidence and knowing that you are going to win".

"No, I don't think it will leak out".

The 31-year-old is likely to start the competition as back-up for captain Harry Kane but knows from experience things can change fast. We're a team, it's all about the team and everybody digs in, sticks together and the manager chooses the best team to face the opponent.

The country has got behind them not through national pride, or high expectations of World Cup glory, but because the players are likeable.

"We are hopeful players and family will get an opportunity to go into St Petersburg when we are not working".

"We are really pleased with the base and looking forward to getting to meet the community there a bit more". Dele Alli, Raheem Sterling, Jesse Lingard, Marcus Rashford ... we have Jamie Vardy who scored regularly for his club at a high level in the Premier League, so I think it's important it isn't just one story.

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