They crashed out at the World Cup group stage four years ago and were shocked by minnows Iceland in the last 16 of Euro 2016.
June 17 Hailed for modern man-management, openness with a normally fiercely critical press and putting his faith in youth, Gareth Southgate has avoided numerous pre-tournament pitfalls that have undone his predecessors as England manager.
"I can say now everything we've done in training here is exactly what we've seen in the videos from Tunisia".
"Sometimes that is not the outcome but, on the day, as long as you are a team and you work hard, embrace the moment, play free and enjoy the football..."
The cost and associated concerns over travelling to Russian Federation means the Three Lions would do that in front of a far smaller "dyed-in-the-wool" following than they are used to, but Southgate is confident of giving those in Russian Federation and at home something to shout about.
"But obviously it's there, and it's very exciting, if I'm being honest". "Which probably tells you something about my ability as a player!"
Having been under the assumption Rooney would captain the England team through their qualifiers for Russian Federation, his departure surprised many - including his teammate Rose.
"One of the big negatives from the Euros was that first game against Russian Federation", he said.
"My family are incredibly patriotic".
"To have played for England in major tournaments and now managing England is of course a huge honour".
"The more you watch a team, the more you start to see familiar patterns of play and how they build up".
"I don't think it would affect me mentally".
Saturday's training session was kept behind closed doors as the players worked on specific tactical preparation for the match but midfielder Fabian Delph said they had been given the line-up.
The midfielder also spoke about Spain at this World Cup and how they are one of the favourites for the trophy.
Yet, Southgate's tenure has so far defied expectations. "We have to be about the collective". The Belgium game, which finished 4-4 after extra time in an unusual group format, was England's highest-scoring World Cup opener and their first game ever to go into extra time. I'm excited watching them.