Belief appears to be coursing through Gareth Southgate's group, helping the Three Lions shed the fear factor that former manager Fabio Capello said has inhibited the national team.
Midfielder Fabian Delph confirmed at a news conference on Saturday that manager Gareth Southgate had revealed his XI for Monday's clash in Volgograd.
Self-deprecating humour and honesty have been common features of a reign that has seen Southgate attempt to change England's on-field philosophy and off-field perception.
"The aim is to be aggressive and fearless in possession", team captain Kane said. "The gaffer has given us the right tools to be ready for Monday".
It was a slightly surprising opening gambit from Delph and one that naturally led to follow-up questions.
"We won't be able to just roll them over, they're an in-form team".
"We've worked on various systems with different personnel". "Obviously, we don't play against teams like this in World Cup or European qualifying and in friendlies we rarely play against teams from other continents as well".
But England fans still picked the rivals we love to dislike the most when asked who will win in Russian Federation this summer.
Captain Harry Kane is set to be supported up front by Raheem Sterling, leaving Rashford as an option to make an impact from the bench later on. Nothing's ever personal, that's what I've found with this squad. I'm quite a positive person.
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"I can only speak about the Euros and what's happening now", he said.
They know how to move the ball, are talented and we've watched videos of their matches - and I'm sure we'll watch more tomorrow.
"But whether you're selected on the day of the game or the day before, I think it's all the same thing".
"It's competitive and that is really important because you can't step it up going into matches but they won't need to step it up tomorrow from what they have been doing in training because that level they have been hitting is high".
"To be honest, I feel much more relaxed coaching than I did playing", he said with a smile. "It's been a fantastic year for me on a personal level and to be expecting our third child is absolutely incredible".
Children are the main reason why none of Delph's friends or family will be in Russian Federation this summer, although the midfielder did say that "obviously there's concerns" about racism "because it's happened in the past".
"Of course, there were a lot of players at that time - Rio (Ferdinand), (Ryan) Giggs, Wazza (Wayne Rooney) - all there to help me and give me advice".
"We are a close bunch but once training starts it's fiery, it's very spicy", he said.
Southgate has a young and dynamic group of players but English footballers have rarely looked comfortable in slow, possession-based games.