For instance, at a recently media day, all 23 players in the World Cup squad were available for journalists to speak to freely. "The FA have spoken to us security-wise and I've got every confidence in them and with family going out there".
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However, there were few locals on hand to welcome the team to their base other than a small group of excited young boys keen to catch a glimpse of some Premier League stars. "We have a lot of attacking flair that can do some damage".
"But I think there was a shift [in public opinion] in November when we brought in some of the younger players".
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Belgium were dealt an injury blow in their World Cup warm-up match against Costa Rica as Chelsea's Eden Hazard limped off with 20 minutes remaining after sustaining a suspected dead leg.
The last two tournaments - the 2014 World Cup and Euro 2016 - have been particularly depressing for England's long-suffering fans.
"But I think people see signs of progress and enjoy watching us and the manner in which we try to play". It's the one competition everybody dreams of winning. Our focus as a team has to be on the bits we can control: constantly trying to improve, playing in a style that we've used in the a year ago or so, and that people have warmed to.
In Brazil four years ago, the Three Lions managed the seemingly impossible by getting knocked out of the group stage with a game to spare.
"Ultimately we know we'll be judged on results but we have to focus on the processes", he said.