"You carry the dreams of a nation, and it's impossible to say to any player you can go out and play without any feeling of pressure or any feeling or fear.
They appear more normal", supporter Gavin Hughes said, overlooking the Volgograd Arena where England opens its World Cup campaign against Tunisia on Monday. "The World Cup is another step above the Euros".
England's only other defeats in their first group games also came against strong opposition - Portugal in 1986 and in 1962 against a Hungary team who won Olympic bronze in 1960 and gold in 1964. "They've got fantastic players, a fantastic team and that's what makes the World Cup exciting to watch".
"I think the history will help us in terms of understanding what we can improve upon and what we can do".
Managers usually like to keep their starting line-ups close to their chest to avoid giving their rivals a heads-up of their tactical approach but Delph said there was not a risk of a leak now the team was known.
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"The team who got to the (World Cup) semi-finals in 1990 drew their first two games, and in Euro 1996 we drew our first game and were a penalty kick away from going to one-all against Scotland".
"To be honest, I feel much more relaxed coaching than I did playing", he said with a smile.
Southgate and his trusted assistant Steve Holland have been preparing England's players for the requirement to travel hard yards if they need to as they prepare for the searing heat of Volgograd. Obviously I'd have to get back to England and then get back again, so that's not ideal but it's part of life. You will see that.
"We won't be able to roll them over", Delph added. He is meticulous and considered, he wants to be the best he can be and believes he can be one of the best in the world. I think they're a great team, they've made the right decision and I hope they get back to the level they were at before. We have looked at this and put a plan in place to get me back as fast as possible.
"Our first objective is to qualify from the group and we have to be prepared for the fact that might happen smoothly or it might have to go into the 89th or 94th minute of the third game".