England shouldn't settle for second best in Russian Federation, says Sterling

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"I don't think we can put limits on it, the sky is the limit". We have only taken two (warm-up games) as we had some players in the FA Cup final and a couple in the Champions League final.

"I've told my family I don't want them going out there because of racism and anything else that may happen", the 27-year-old left back told London's Evening Standard on Wednesday.

Being named England captain has not changed Harry Kane and the Tottenham striker is more than capable of handling the weight of World Cup expectation, according to teammate Gary Cahill.

Southgate said: "I don't think anybody gets to be a top player without having resilience and that is developed in different moments of your career".

'That was emotional, hearing that.

"I don't want to be worrying when I'm trying to prepare for games for my family's safety". It's really sad. It's just how it is.

"We play like that against any team in the world we are going to cause them problems, so that's what we've got to try and do".

The Three Lions full-back was critical of Federation Internationale de Football Association and its disciplinary process when tackling racism, saying: "I have no faith in the justice system so I don't let anything affect me".

Rose has been racially abused while on England duty before as he was subjected to monkey chants during an under-21 global in Serbia in 2012.

"I am aware of the support from Yorkshire clubs when we travel anyway".

"I'm numb to it now". "There are a couple of places that always as a manager you are looking at who your better players are, but then form and physical condition means it always evolves, a football team is a moving, living beast".

"Back home, my mum was racially abused in Doncaster".

"We have just got to do the business on the pitch now".

Southgate said that the players and staff had discussed the issue but suggested that, if there were incidents, leaving the field was not likely to be an option.

Elsewhere on Saturday, England's big group rivals in Russia, Belgium, were held to a 0-0 stalemate by Portugal, while Sweden and Denmark also played out a goalless draw.

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