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Rick Houghton

England's First Training Session

Gareth Southgate and his England squad looked at home as a Stone Roses classic blared out at their Russian training base today.

The squad were put through their paces in their first session at the World Cup in front of local children.

The temperature was 16C so it could easily have been St George’s Park in Staffordshire.

After a session lasting 70 minutes, the entire squad signed autographs and posed for pictures to the delight of the locals.

This was in complete contrast to the stuffy attitude of the England camp in Chantilly in France two years ago.

But current boss Gareth Southgate has seen the mistakes made by Roy Hodgson and Gary Neville and wants the squad to appear more friendly.

England play Tunisia in their first game in Volgograd on Monday and their hotel is in Repino, 30 miles north of St Petersburg and five minutes from the training ground.

The open training session was a ticket-only even and the youngsters applauded the England team when they walked out - 20 minutes late - to the Stone Roses' classic 'This Is The One' being played over the PA system.

Manchester United walk out to the tune at Old Trafford - meaning Phil Jones, Ashley Young, Jesse Lingard and Marcus Rashford would have enjoyed a familiar sensation.

After a welcome ceremony from locals, the team all trained with the exception of Marcus Rashford who has a knee problem - but is expected to take part tomorrow.

Boss Southgate revealed upon landing in Russia on Tuesday that Rashford had sustained a "slight knock".

Southgate said: "Marcus took a slight knock, but nothing too serious.

"So we will have a look at that ahead of tomorrow's session which is open for everybody to see, but other than that, everybody came through fine.

"Across three weeks, we have been really pleased to get the 23 we picked through all of the sessions."