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

/ 05:06 PM June 16, 2018

England’s Dele Alli controls the ball as he and his teammates take part in a training session for the England team at the 2018 soccer World Cup, in the Spartak Zelenogorsk ground, Zelenogorsk near St. Petersburg, Russia, Friday, June 15, 2018. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant)

VOLGOGRAD, Russia — 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?

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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.

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