The Manchester City star joked in an interview with reporters that he knows who will start against Tunisia but refused to reveal.
Clearly, concerns remain around the fitness of Rose after a season interrupted by injury but it may well be that Southgate also wants someone of Young's maturity in a relatively inexperienced defence.
With Belgium the favourites to win Group G and Panama expected to struggle, the match could be vital for the hopes of both England and Tunisia to qualify for the last 16 in the tournament. Ambition and adventure too. You will see that.
"We have a fantastic squad with great players so if I am selected to play and have to go back, there are players more than capable of doing the job I can do, if not better". It was important for us that we had a hotel with exclusive use.
"With attacking players in particular, if they're going to try things and take people on and be creative, they're going to lose the ball and they're going to make errors".
"It's just the way he graces the pitch", Lingard said on Thursday. "We have been working on a system of play we think suits the players we have available and the style of play we want to implement as well".
'You've got to enjoy your time on the field, no matter what game it is'.
They have some talent, have a real desire and determination to play for England.
The Three Lions have won their opening fixture just once in the last four World Cups, squeezing past Paraguay 1-0 in 2006, but lost to Italy four years ago following 1-1 draws with the United States (2010) and Sweden (2002).
"He is going to represent us, so it is disappointing when our people go a little bit over the top but players have to accept that responsibility because you are representing the country".
'On the training field we practise deliveries and crosses, ' he said. Encouraging draws in recent friendlies against Brazil, Germany and Italy show the English are heading in the right direction but they have been here before in the run-up to tournaments.
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