Published: Sat, June 09, 2018
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Ryan Bertrand says England World Cup snub is 'hard to take'

Ryan Bertrand says England World Cup snub is 'hard to take'

Southgate's youthful 23-man squad may only have 11 World Cup appearances between them heading to Russian Federation but the manager is keen for the players to show their vast array of talents, and not worry about making mistakes.

If England progress to the knock-out stages in Russian Federation, there are likely to be occasions when Southgate is tempted to play both players in the same team, but with Tunisia expected to adopt a defensive approach as they begin their World Cup campaign, it is likely to be either Henderson or Dier alongside Dele Alli in nine days' time. BBC say 4%, but should it be higher?

"I had a heads-up that I would play some part so it was nice to prepare myself mentally and get ready to go".

Playing alongside Vardy, eventual man of the match Rashford was bright, energetic and unsafe throughout - which gives Southgate something to think about ahead of the Tunisia opener.

Ryan Bertrand thinks his omission from England's World Cup squad was "an oversight" by manager Gareth Southgate.

"What we want is, and I'm not going to give you a stage in the tournament... but, I'm going to give it away slightly, we haven't won a knock-out game since 2006", Glenn said.

Vardy was watched like a hawk by the Costa Rica defence and although he looked sharp enough before making way for Danny Welbeck in the 61st minute, he played second fiddle to Marcus Rashford, who was England's standout player on the night.

The England team applauded as the 19-year-old Liverpool player was handed the number 22 shirt.

Shooting from distance, Real Madrid's Keylor Navas was powerless to prevent the dipping effort from finding the back of his net (not that Lee Dixon agreed).

"He made 10 changes for the Costa Rica game and you saw an identical performance to the one against Nigeria".

Southgate made changes after the interval, introducing Danny Welbeck, Jesse Lingard, Nick Pope, Dele Alli and Gary Cahill. I felt like I got better service, I got the ball better.

'You work on them [goals] in training every day and when one comes up in a game it's a reward, ' said Rashford.

The right wing-back, the youngest member of England's World Cup squad, looked comfortable in his new surroundings, confident and assured in possession (and when on free-kicks) and alert when defending. Raheem Sterling heads to the World Cup off the back of an outstanding season with Manchester City, but his struggles to translate club form on the worldwide stage are well documented.

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