Gareth Southgate says England are well-prepared to face Tunisia

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Meanwhile, England are favourites to claim an opening victory over Tunisia in Group G, even if the country's recent tournament experience has often undermined the form guide.

"I have said from the off I wasn't comfortable with the manner in which I took the reins, but I have enjoyed the responsibility". We have looked at this and put a plan in place to get me back as fast as possible.

"I think it is a big ask (to win) but everyone in the tournament has that fighting chance", he said.

"He's empathetic, he's articulate, he has high emotional intelligence and a really good understanding of connecting with the players and getting the best out of the players - and the staff", said the FA's technical director Dan Ashworth.

Delph - expected to start on the bench against Tunisia - has plotted out all the logistics with the Football Association should he get the call, joking he will be treated to "a private plane with lots of Champagne on it".

What is more, the five wins include a 2-0 success in 1998 against Tunisia - who Gareth Southgate's side face first up in Russian Federation on Monday.

"They are fine about it, Gareth understands how important family is to me, he is the same as well". "We've spoken since and he's a strong guy mentally with great people around".

Southgate can also bank on the experienced Chelsea defender Gary Cahill (58 caps) and Manchester United's Ashley Young (33 caps).

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"I don't have any disappointment, ever. We've got to focus on what might be possible with this team", he said when selecting his squad.

"So coming into this camp, it's not like I'm a fish out of water". Publicly praised by Prince William for raising awareness of health issues, Rose realizes how players can use their new platform to show their human side and inspire others.

Harry Kane epitomises everything Southgate wants from his team, so it was little surprise to see the striker handed the captain's armband for Russian Federation.

"To be honest, I feel much more relaxed coaching than I did playing", he said with a smile. "An absolute goalscorer and he's a breath of fresh air to be around".

England and Tunisia met at France '98 with England winning 2-0 thanks to goals from Alan Shearer and Paul Scholes.

"We won't be able to roll them over", Delph added.

Southgate tried to lift the pressure off his squad after several former players have commented recently that the expectations of past tournaments stopped them from performing at their best level.

"We have an idea of the team", the Manchester City title victor said.

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