"I think that's how we've wanted to make it as a team", England striker Jamie Vardy said, "nice and relaxed and enjoyable, where we can have a laugh and a giggle".
A shining light during an otherwise disappointing Under-21 European Championship in 2015, Lingard was handed his England debut in Southgate's first match in charge of the senior team in October 2016.
Having been under the assumption Rooney would captain the England team through their qualifiers for Russian Federation, his departure surprised many - including his teammate Rose.
But there's a building sense of optimism that this young England team could produce some impressive performances in Russian Federation, starting Monday against Tunisia in their opening Group G encounter in Volgograd. "We're training, playing together, we're positive and when you're given the chance you hope you show what you're capable of", added Delph, who has largely played as a left back under Pep Guardiola.
"So, as a group of players, that is what we are going to do - enjoy our football, play with no fear and play exciting football at the same time".
"I'm waiting on the text to say, "get back home" but so far she's doing fine". Everyone is rooting for the boys out in Russian Federation, and it's important that the fans are recognised for the part they play in the team's success.
"Tunisia will want to put an upset on the cards but we won't underestimate them because we know they're a good team".
"The first game of any tournament is huge", said Kane. "I think had we held out to win that game against Russian Federation then things would have turned out very differently for us".
"We have an idea of the team now", Manchester City's Delph said on Saturday.
Meanwhile, England are favourites to claim an opening victory over Tunisia in Group G, even if the country's recent tournament experience has often undermined the form guide. "I played against John when I was young boy at Sheffield United", recalled Leicester man Maguire. Harry Kane says they must be fearless.
The Football Association's secluded retreat at the forRestMix Club in Repino has been kitted out, among other things, with super-fast WiFi - which is just as well if the players need to do a bit of extra cramming ahead of kick-off.
The midfielder also spoke about Spain at this World Cup and how they are one of the favourites for the trophy.