England, for a change, comes into World Cup under the radar

VOLGOGRAD, Russia (AP) For once, there’s little hype surrounding England at the World Cup. Come to think of it, how could there be given England hasn’t won a World Cup match for nearly eight years?

But there’s a building sense of optimism that this young England team could produce some impressive performances in Russia, starting Monday against Tunisia in their opening Group G encounter in Volgograd.

The team has won plaudits for its positive approach in the warmup games and there’s widespread respect for coach Gareth Southgate. That was evident in the low-key way he went about picking his squad. Southgate has made it a priority of winning back the hearts and minds of the country during his time in the job.

Source: Fox Sports

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