With the World Cup less than three weeks away, England fans will be preparing to travel to Russia to support their team – and should do so with a level of optimism.

Although the last few competitions have seen the Three Lions start the tournament with sky-high expectations, only to under-deliver, the opposite could be the case this time round.

The acrimonious nature of England’s Euro 2016 exit at the hands of Iceland means few pundits or supporters are expecting much from Gareth Southgate’s men in Russia.

However, the new manager’s progressive style of play and the presence of a new generation of gifted young players could mean the British side are tricky opponents in the tournament.

In particular, exciting stars from Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester United will arrive in Russia with something to prove.

Spurs have been excellent under Mauricio Pochettino in recent years and the North London club could well make up the crux of the national side come the opening fixture on June 18.

While captain Harry Kane is a certainty to play, his Tottenham team-mates Dele Alli, Eric Dier, Kieran Trippier and Danny Rose will all be in with a chance of getting the nod to start.

Although Manchester United have fewer players in Southgate’s squad than Spurs, two of the Red Devils have the potential to make England a very dangerous attacking outfit.

Marcus Rashford and Jesse Lingard have both come through the Old Trafford youth academy and into Jose Mourinho’s first team, with the duo adding pace and penetration to the national ranks.

While Rashford will have to play out of position if he is to start given Kane’s presence, Lingard’s creativity and eye for goal from attacking midfield means there is every chance he will be in the team to face Tunisia in the Three Lions’ opening game.

For England supporters, getting kitted out in appropriate attire is a pre-requisite regardless of whether you are heading to Russia or not.

Sound Draw are a market leader in retro football kits and have a new collection to help fans support their side this summer.

The Empire Collection is named after the old Wembley Stadium and boasts a range of retro England shirts and jackets – have a look here to get your Three Lions merchandise before the World Cup kicks off.


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