England form pleases Gareth Southgate


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Gareth Southgate says England are raring to get their World Cup campaign up and running after claiming positive results in the recent warm-up games.

The Three Lions are unbeaten in 10 matches following victories over Nigeria and Costa Rica at Wembley and Elland Road respectively.

England have looked composed and confident in the two friendly outings and Southgate demonstrated the depth in his squad by making 10 changes for the second clash with Los Ticos.

After crashing out of the 2014 World Cup in the group stage and suffering a last 16 exit to Iceland at Euro 2016 England fans had tempered their expectations for this summer’s showpiece.

However, expectation levels have started to rise slightly following some extremely positive performances over the last couple of weeks.

Southgate’s men get their World Cup adventure underway on Monday against Tunisia at the Volgograd Arena.

World Cup debutants Panama are second on the schedule to England before a crunch match with Belgium wraps up the action in Group G.

The former England under-21 boss insists he has been pleased with their preparations and is now itching to get going.

Southgate said: “I’m pleased with the way preparations have gone up to now.

“It will be nice when we fly out tomorrow and it will be good to get on with it. I think everybody is looking forward to getting into the first game.”

Tunisia are priced at 9.50 to claim a surprise win on June 18, while the draw is available at 4.50, and England can be backed at 1.40.

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