Sunday 23 September 2018

England’s World Cup diary – Day nine

Unicorn races and dislocated shoulders were the talking points on Thursday,

England have been back on the training field as they prepare to face Panama (Owen Humphreys/PA)
England have been back on the training field as they prepare to face Panama (Owen Humphreys/PA)

By Press Association Sport staff

Trent-Alexander Arnold has shed more light on the fun and games England have been enjoying in their hotel pool by revealing unicorn-racing is just one of several activities.

Jesse Lingard posted a series of pictures of the players on social media on Wednesday which included one of himself, Harry Maguire, Jordan Pickford and Kieran Trippier racing across the pool on inflatable unicorns.

It seems spirits are certainly high after that opening win over Tunisia and boredom is yet to set in at the training base in Repino.

“That’s just the type of camp we’re in, full of joy and laughter,” said right-back Alexander-Arnold. “We’re happy with how it’s going.

“There’s different types of games in the swimming pool every day just to liven it up a bit. It was water basketball today.

“The lads enjoy it because if you just keep getting in the pool every day it gets a bit repetitive. The staff behind the scenes are doing well keeping us all entertained.”

It remains unclear, however, who actually won the unicorn race.

Picture of the day

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Manager Gareth Southgate was all smiles at training, a day after dislocating his right shoulder in a in a fall while out running (Owen Humphreys/PA)

Quote of the day

The lads don't really focus on things like that until it's come out of the manager's mouth. They're the only words that really matter to us. Trent Alexander-Arnold

The Liverpool youngster insists people should not read too much into a note seen in the hand of one of Southgate’s coaching staff indicating a possible line-up for Sunday’s game against Panama.

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What’s on tomorrow?

England will train at the Spartak Zelenogorsk Stadium in St Petersburg in the morning and hold a press conference at their Repino base in the afternoon.

Three Lions throwback

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England’s 2002 World Cup campaign ended with quarter-final defeat to Brazil on this day in 2002 (PA)

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