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Jesse Lingard insists no one in the England squad would shy away from taking a penalty should the team have to cope with yet another dreaded shootout at a World Cup finals.

With the competition now at its knockout stage, extra-time and penalties - so often England's nemesis at previous World Cups and European tournaments - could become a factor.

While his focus is certainly on Tuesday's last-16 fixture against Colombia, Lingard has been taking his mind off the matter at hand with a spot of bowling alongside his team-mate Marcus Rashford. 

Jesse Lingard enjoys a spot of bowling as he winds down from England training

Jesse Lingard enjoys a spot of bowling as he winds down from England training

Lingard was joined by Manchester United team-mate Marcus Rashford on Sunday

Lingard was joined by team-mate Marcus Rashford on Sunday

The attacking duo took to the lanes on Sunday during an open media session as they looked to let their hair down as the Three Lions enter the business end of the tournament in Russia.

The knock-out phases have long been the Achilles heel of England teams past and present having been knocked out of the 1990, 1998 and 2006 finals - as well as Euro 1996, 2004 and 2012 - via a shootout, and it will no doubt be something Gareth Southgate is preparing for.

Rashford opts for a wide stance as he bowls the ball down the lane in Saint Petersburg 

Rashford opts for a wide stance as he bowls the ball down the lane in Saint Petersburg 

Asked if the squad had a plan of who would take penalties in a shootout, Lingard said at an England press conference on Sunday: 'Not at this current moment.

'Of course, we are practising them at training and what not. There is not really a set five (takers) yet, but everyone is confident enough to go over and take one.

'We don't need to change too much. No matter what round we are in we are going to play with no fear and play with that freedom. Why change?'

Lingard also claimed Gareth Southgate's men did not give any thought to which was the 'better' side of the draw, with defeat to Belgium having paired them with the dangerous South Americans but avoiding a half top that included Brazil, Portugal, France, Argentina and Uruguay.

Lingard addresses the press after his bowling session with his Manchester United team-mate

Lingard addresses the press after his bowling session with his team-mate

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