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Barcelona legend Xavi believes the presence of Pep Guardiola in the Premier League and his work at Manchester City can benefit England's national team as they prepare to open their latest World Cup campaign.

Having watched heavyweights such as Brazil, Argentina, Spain and Portugal all fail to win their opening matches in Russia and defending champions Germany surprisingly succumb to Mexico, the Three Lions will attempt to start with a flourish at the Volgograd Arena on Monday evening as they take on Tunisia.

Speaking ahead of that Group G fixture, Xavi continued his public praise of his influential former Barcelona coach, whose record-breaking achievements with City last term - which had its foundations in a relentlessly attacking and possession-heavy style of football - may help England as an exciting new generation seek to establish their own tactical identity under Gareth Southgate.

England open their  

England open their 2018 World Cup campaign against Tunisia in Volgograd on Monday night 

Xavi, far left, believes that the Three Lions will benefit from Pep Guardiola's success at City 

Xavi, far left, believes that the Three Lions will benefit from Pep Guardiola's success at City 

'If you listen and want to learn, it is almost impossible not to improve as a player under Pep,' Xavi told The Mirror.

'Last season, Manchester City were exceptional. Like Barcelona they play possession football, so I am sure the England team will benefit from that.'

Xavi is among those to be particularly impressed with the way in which Raheem Sterling has taken his game to

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