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David Bentley's comments on England's training camp at the moment are damning

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With the World Cup only a few months away, Gareth Southgate and England need to sort themselves out.

The Three Lions may have made it to Russia with ease, courtesy of a below-par qualifying group, but there is no denying that the shape they're currently in surely eliminates them from being serious contenders.

The likes of Germany, France, Brazil and Spain all appear to have more settled teams, a specific style and an abundance of talent to pick from.

England are heavily reliant on Harry Kane - who is absent right now due to injury - and Southgate clearly has no idea what his best XI is, or even who his number one goalkeeper is.

Will it be Joe Hart? Or will the manager see sense and hand the baton to one of Jordan Pickford, Jack Butland or Nick Pope? It's a big call.

Even the formation and style to be implemented are up in the air, with no one sure whether Southgate wants to try and dominate games or hit teams on the counter.

However, David Bentley believes the roots of England's failure stem from the tenseness inside the dressing room.

“If you are tense and overthink it, you play rigid and that’s our problem, that’s England’s problem," he said in an interview with the Telegraph. "The players play within themselves, they are not expressing themselves, they are just doing a job. Watch a foreign team and you can see the difference.”

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And the former Arsenal and Tottenham man says he's been told some pretty damning stuff about how the England camp is right now at St. George's Park.

“Everyone I speak to tells me St George’s Park is terrible, lacking character, lacking anything to do, no soul,” he said. “It sounds like a nightmare.”

Ouch, not really what you want to hear in the early stages of a World Cup year.

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A broken dressing room can destroy any world-class team, but one that's not the greatest quality-wise will be harmed even more by a lack of togetherness.

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Premier League
Joe Hart
Emotional-Angry
England Football
World Cup
David Bentley
Gareth Southgate
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