Gareth Southgate tells England squad the starting XI to face Tunisia

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After wins over Nigeria and Costa Rica in the warm-up games, Gareth Southgate urged his players to entertain the nation this summer.

"I've talked before about there being a disconnect between the supporters and the team and I've felt that there's different ways to bridge that".

In Volgograd on Tuesday, they will watch him reach a new peak.

Harry Kane will spearhead England's attack, supported by Raheem Sterling, Jesse Lingard and Dele Alli.

Not to mention a back three of Kyle Walker, John Stones and Harry Maguire with Kieran Trippier deployed to the right.

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Manchester United's Ashley Young is set to start the game at left wing-back for England ahead of Tottenham's Danny Rose in what is described as a "shock selection". With Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain definitely out injured and Adam Lallana unlikely to prove his fitness, and the injury-prone Jack Wilshere also out, Southgate really has little or no options.

Young, older than Wayne Rooney. remember, but still in shape to secure his passage to Russian Federation, sets an example Southgate wants others to follow. Ambition and adventure too.

"Obviously, I would have to get back to England and then get back again and obviously that it is not ideal but it is part of life", he said. The preparation remains the same, we're a team, all about the team. We have got to keep wanting to improve.

England's players know who will start when they face Tunisia but Fabian Delph insists those who have missed out remain in good spirits.

"It's just the way he graces the pitch", Lingard said on Thursday. "Two great teams and we're excited for our campaign to start".

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"You just have to make sure you put in the pressure on the training field and if you get given a chance, take it".

He spoke of "playing in that space between the opposition's defence and midfield" and of his admiration for Andres Iniesta. "We have been working on a system of play we think suits the players we have available and the style of play we want to implement as well".

"We want to mix and engage with the local community but equally it's important to have a base where the players can relax and switch off without being disturbed".

Blackout blinds are in the players' rooms at their Forrestmix Club hotel base, 40km outside Saint Petersburg, but they have still not fully prevented bright daylight entering rooms in the early hours, causing some players to wake in the night.

The Portuguese coach will appear as RT's special guest host at the World Cup. But a chat with the player saw a greatly improved performance against the Central Americans. Hopefully they can take that into the tournament'.

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