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Winning start will be massive step towards qualification, says Young

Ashley Young says England are already raring to go ahead of Monday's World Cup opener against Tunisia.

The Three Lions have won their opening fixture just once in the last four World Cups, squeezing past Paraguay 1-0 in 2006, but lost to Italy four years ago following 1-1 draws with the United States (2010) and Sweden (2002).

They were also held by an unfancied Russia in their first outing at Euro 2016, but Manchester United full-back Young insists the current crop are ready to make an early statement this time.

Tunisia await in Volgograd on Monday, and England are ready to take the game to their Group G rivals.

"It is always important to make a good start to a tournament. You want to get off to winning ways," said Young (below). "We are fully prepared and ready for that first game. You can talk about our results historically but we are here and we are looking to do well in training and do well in that first match.

"I think you can see from the last two games we have started brightly and on the front foot, and if you start like that it can put teams on the back foot, and that is what we are looking to do come the first game."

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