England face Tunisia with confidence
A fearless England will be turning up at the World Cup, according to Lingard. The Three Lions have only lost three of their 14 opening matches in the finals, and he is confident this year will make this number seem even less.
“Southgate has come in with the mentality to play with freedom, play without fear, and you will enjoy your time more,” Lingard said.
“So, as a group of players, that is what we are going to do – enjoy our football, play with no fear and play exciting football at the same time.”
England have a strong record in their opening games at previous World Cups, with five wins and six draws from 14 games. The five wins include a 2-0 success in 1998 against Tunisia – who Gareth Southgate’s side face first up in Russia on Monday.
Mourinho has backed England for World Cup glory, claiming the squad have enough experience to be a success in Russia.
“I think they can [win the World Cup. I think they have a good group of young but experienced players,” Mourinho said.
“They’re at a good age but good level of experience, all of them. They play in the best domestic competition in the world, the Premier League.
“All of them playing in the best teams, all of them with experience of playing Champions League which is high-level football obviously. So yes I think they can do it.”
England’s players have not yet been told who is starting against Tunisia, but everyone is well prepared, and Ruben Loftus-Cheek is ready to give his all.