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England’s Phil Jones says squad cannot wait for opening World Cup game

1:37 am, 16th June 2018

Gareth Southgate’s side were drawn in Group G with their Monday night opponents as well as Belgium and Panama.

Having to wait until Monday, four days after the World Cup began, has Jones admitting the England team are itching to get their campaign underway.

“Watching the game [Russia v Saudi Arabia] the other night it was great for the tournament to get started and get going but we just have itchy feet now waiting for our game on Monday night,” he told Sky Sports News.

The national team has faced criticism in the past for the squad being too divisive and being segregated in different groups, however, things seems to have changed this time around.

England have named the third youngest squad at this year’s tournament and with this seems to have brought a unity within the team and a new-found relationship with the media.

“We all have a tight bond,” Jones added. “We eat together, we all mingle together and there is a real good feel factor about the place.

“It is a positive [the relationship with the media]. I think it is a more relaxed environment for the players to come into. Come into the Lions Den, it’s open, it’s free.

“It’s better for the media and it suits all parties. It is also great for the fans as they see more of an insight into what we do and how these things go down. It is good for them.”