Kyle Walker insists England’s players are as tight as club teammates.
“You spend so much time with people during club football day in, day out and it feels like that because we have a group chat where there is always banter flying on there. We’re all together in the games room, playing pool, having a laugh and I think it is really bringing the squad together nicely.
“When Gareth came in he has put his own stamp on it, he has in his head how he wants it to be and for us it is working. Now it is just down to us to repay the faith that he has put into us.”
“Every team going to a World Cup is going to be decent so you won’t get an easy group and, on the day, anyone can beat anyone, which we saw at the Euros, so we need to build on that experience.
“There was no other explanation other than that we were poor on that day and we need to put that right, get the fans back behind us, get the whole country back on our side and show the belief and the desire to wear the shirt and how proud we are to wear the shirt.”
He has been encouraged by England’s friendly draws with Germany and Brazil, when a number of young players made their debuts.
“I think it is refreshing how the young lads did,” he said. “It is something us senior players can take on board in how they just come in, play for their country like it is another game and show no fear.
“Against any team, to play in the World Cup, having missed out on the last one through injury, would be a special moment in my career and one to take with me and tell my grandkids about.”
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