First Signs Of Strain Show Between English Team And Their Media

First Signs Of Strain Show Between English Team And Their Media

The England manager dislocated his shoulder while out running on Wednesday, two days after his Three Lions side snatched victory against Tunisia in their Group G opener at Volgograd Arena.

Southgate had his arm in a sling as he addressed his players at their nightly team briefing at their World Cup base in Repino alongside the Baltic coast.

The coach was treated in a nearby hospital and admitted afterwards that he will have to control his behaviour during his side's coming games.

"The records in tournament football that we've looked at and researched show a lot of goals have come from set-plays and not open play", he added.

"The doc has made it clear that punching the air is not an option".

Red Devils attacker Rashford will be hoping to start for England in their second group game against Panama on Sunday.

"But Panama are probably more direct, so we've had to change our game plan a little bit and think about the threats they're going to cause us". Stones says they won't change that approach due to their opponents.

Stones, who has settled into a role in the centre of a three-man defence with Kyle Walker to his right and Maguire to his left, is relishing the responsibility of organising the back line and being tasked with starting England's passing moves. It's part and parcel of the game really.

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He's just happy that he was the one to take the blow, and not one of his players.

England are a bit more direct than Belgium.

"Tunisia liked to play the ball out from the back and they was very patient, and we pressed them high, but they got out sometimes".

Asked if Southgate asks players to keep the team to themselves, Alexander-Arnold said: "No, but it's just general knowledge to do that".

"Obviously any time, if we were to give the opposition the opportunity of having our team it's a disadvantage to us".

"But does he understand man-management and getting the best out of players? Yes".

Walker said Holland had apologised to the squad at Friday's training session for allowing the picture to be taken.

"I don't know the team, none of the lads know the team, so we can't read too much into it".

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