Marcus Rashford has explained some of the differences in the England camp since Gareth Southgate became manager, focusing on the training intensity.
The Manchester United forward has worked his way back into the Three Lions setup after falling out of favour after the Euro 2020 final.
He came off the bench to score his first World Cup goal against Iran in matchday one, though, and has credited that sharpness to the quality of training sessions under Southgate, which didn’t exist beforehand.
“Everyone is ready and I’m raring to go,” He said in a press conference, adding: “Training has been good for the lads who haven’t been getting as many minutes.
“For this squad, I feel like it’s [training] never really been an issue ever since Gareth has been the manager.
“Maybe before it was a bit of an issue in terms of quality of training, and people’s dedication to training, but since Gareth has been manager it’s been intense.”
Rashford, who earned his debut in a warm-up match ahead of Euro 2016 under Roy Hodgson, drew on his brief experience of life as an England international before Southgate took over: “I was only there for a short period of time but the standard of training wasn’t as high.
“For players, it’s black and white if you’re not training well, you can’t expect to play well.
“There’s been a clear change and a clear improvement. We’ve done much better in the major tournaments but even in the games that we’ve played throughout the year with England, we’ve played better and had better results.
“It’s not often I come away with England and feel we’re going to lose games.”