The 24-year-old striker said there were no cliques within the squad that flies out to Russian Federation later on Tuesday seeking to emulate their 1966 predecessors in lifting the trophy.
"My friend's brother used to play here at St Petersburg and he said the city was very handsome, so it will be nice to go and see it".
File: Nigeria's Kenneth Omeruo in action with England's Harry Kane in an worldwide friendly at Wembley Stadium in London, Britain on 2 June 2018.
"I said to all of the team before the game: 'I expect to see mistakes tonight and if I don't there'd probably be a problem because we won't be trying to be as good as we might'".
"It's the one competition that everybody dreams of winning", said Kane before England set off.
Asked to sum up his own feelings about coaching his country on the biggest stage of all, he added: "I'm a very proud Englishman and I've said before that to play for my country was my only goal as a kid".
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Pickford, whose distribution is superior to Butland's, is expected to begin the World Cup as first choice.
"But then they might produce some of the moments we saw from Marcus tonight". "We have another week of preparation and a lot of competition for places, as you know".
"We hope we can send people to work the following day having enjoyed our matches", said Southgate.
"Everybody is looking forward to getting to the first game". So we are all here with the same mentality, all wanting to win, all wanting to play.
File: England's striker Jamie Vardy runs with the ball during the worldwide friendly football match between England and Italy at Wembley stadium in London on March 27, 2018.
Hart has not even made the squad this time, the experience of his 75 caps ditched in favour of likely No. 1, Everton's Jordan Pickford, who has three, with Stoke's Jack Butland (8) and Burnley's Nick Pope (1) as back up.
"We hope we can send people to work the following day having enjoyed our matches", said Southgate before departing for Russian Federation. "We want to take this tournament head on".