Southgate wants his players to fuel the excitement of playing at a World Cup. He said at the weekend: “With the players we want to talk to them about the excitement of going to a World Cup. We understand the need to comment on the off-field things that surround this tournament, but we want the players to feel that enthusiasm that they’ve had since kids.
“We want to fuel that. The first couple of days we won’t be on the training pitch, bar a couple [of players] that will need to do something.
“We want them to transition from a hectic club schedule to thinking about England. We want to talk to them about the fact that this, whatever happens over the next four weeks, has been the second-best period for English football. We can make it the best.
“It’s the challenge mindset. How can we take the supporters on another journey, like the one they loved four years ago and loved last summer? That’s why we do it and that’s what makes playing for England special.”