England have won back the fans’ confidence, claims Gareth Southgate

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England have arrived at their training base in Repino, near St. Petersburg, to begin their World Cup preparations ahead of their Russian Federation 2018 opener against Tunisia on Monday.

The displays in the warm-up matches have been in contrast to England's performances in recent years, which critics say have been hallmarked by disjointed and often boring football - just 40,000 fans turned up for a friendly against Norway at Wembley in 2014, and some travelling fans booed a the end of a 4-0 win in Malta last year.

The Euro 2016 humiliation at the hands of Iceland, when Roy Hodgson's team was eliminated by the tournament minnows at the second round stage in France, further dented the damaged relationship between the supporters and players.

England open their World Cup campaign in Volgograd against Tunisia on Monday June 18.

"You can pick knocks up, there is one or two very close calls that we can see how we players are when we get into sessions here". "We know each game is going to be tough but we're fully prepared for that first game". We ask people to pay a lot of money to watch football.

"There was a clear shift in the identity of the team, we went to a back three and people have been warmed by that, not only the young players in this squad, but the young players in the system, the success with the junior teams".

Ever since England won the World Cup in 1966 and thus set unrealistically high expectations for every squad that proceeded them, the relationship between the media and the England team has grown increasingly toxic. For instance, at a recently media day, all 23 players in the World Cup squad were available for journalists to speak to freely.

"We hope we can send people to work the following day having enjoyed our matches", he said. "We want to get off to winning ways", he explained. Constantly trying to improve, playing in a style that we've used in the previous year or so and that people have warmed to. "We want to take this tournament head on".

"I think that when you are enjoying it more, you play your best football".

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