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"If a World Cup cannot inspire a nation, then I'm not sure what can", said the English FA technical director Dan Ashworth.

"So I think yes, I think they can do it".

Allardyce succeeded Roy Hodgson and narrowly won his opening fixture 0-1, a 2018 World Cup qualifier away to Slovakia courtesy of a very late Adam Lallana goal, before leaving his role by mutual agreement once footage of him giving advice on how to "get around" player transfer rules emerged.

The Football Association indicates it is a precautionary measure and manager Gareth Southgate called it a "slight knock" upon England's arrival.

However, the Manchester United forward is set to join in with his team-mates for the first time in Russian Federation as they train at the Spartak Zelenogorsk Stadium on Friday.

He said: "I hope my own experiences are providing them with some context".

"There are a lot of players in this squad who haven't played in World Cups but we're going to go in with no fear, really hungry and really attack this tournament".

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But which 11 players will Southgate pick to kick-off their World Cup campaign?

Lingard left his home in Warrington aged 12 to enrol with Manchester United but he needed four loan spells before finally making his debut under Louis van Gaal. "You're with your team-mates playing football and it is a job you love doing".

Ryan Giggs, Rio Ferdinand and Wayne Rooney were among those available to give advice but it was Paul Scholes whom Lingard looked up to most.

"I'd like to go and see St Petersburg", the 24-year-old added.

Should Maguire get the nod against the Eagles of Carthage, he would likely line up alongside Barnsley-born John Stones and fellow Sheffield boy Kyle Walker in the back three.

"We've got a fantastic squad, great players, and if I am selected to play and I have to make my way back to see my family, there are players more than capable of doing the job I can do, if not a lot better". This is what it is all about, is what you work hard for as a kid and spend all of those hours training.

Nearly two million people lost their lives during the six-month siege of the city and, with relations between Russian Federation and the United Kingdom now strained, Southgate said England's trip offers a chance of perspective.

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