KARL Robinson says his players and staff will not be getting too excited by the World Cup after England got their tournament underway with a 6-2 win against Iran.

Oxford United’s players had the day off yesterday, while goals from Jude Bellingham, Bukayo Saka, Raheem Sterling, Marcus Rashford and Jack Grealish ensured England got off to a flyer in Group B.

United’s season continues though during the first World Cup to take place during the winter, with an Emirates FA Cup second round tie at home to Exeter City coming up on Saturday.

The club has confirmed that kick-off for the following game, at Accrington Stanley on December 3, will be pulled forward if England finish as runners-up in Group B.

If that is to be the case, both England and the U’s would’ve kicked off at 3pm.

However, United and Stanley have agreed to bring the kick-off forward to 1pm.

The Premier League is off for the entirety of the World Cup in Qatar, while Sky Bet Championship enjoys the first two weeks of the tournament off.

United will play a total of four matches during the World Cup, with League One clashes at home to Barnsley and away at Sheffield Wednesday, following the Exeter and Accrington games.

Speaking prior to the 1-1 draw at home to Forest Green Rovers, Robinson said clubs in League One and below cannot allow themselves to get too involved in any enthusiasm for the tournament.

He said: “It’s the greatest competition in the worst place on the planet, to have a World Cup.

“We know that we won’t get involved in the euphoria of it.

“The next game for England is 7pm on Friday. I’m sure when the rest of the country is enjoying it on Friday evening, you couldn’t wish for a better kick-off time as a fan, with the whole weekend ahead of them with more football at the weekend to watch.

“We won’t unfortunately be indulging in that excitement but we will be watching it.

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“We’re football fans remember, and the World Cup is one of the greatest spectacles we see within the sporting world.

“To have it in the middle of our season is still hard for us. League One and Two, and the Conference, it’s probably harder for us – we’re probably the only ones in the industry that can’t get too excited by it.

“I’ve spoken to some managers and a few players that I know, who very quickly told me how hot it was, and how they couldn’t answer the phone because they were chilling with their family on the beach, as I was driving through the pouring rain to Woking.

“It went down like an absolute lead balloon, there’s a lot of people rubbing it in.”

Gareth Southgate’s England face USA on Friday evening, before rounding off their Group B schedule against Wales next Tuesday.