Young England star Ross Barkley was left with egg on his face after missing the team bus for the squad’s first training session in Brazil.
The bus departed without the Everton midfielder but then stopped and waited for almost 15 minutes, causing a huge traffic pile-up outside England’s Golden Tulip hotel on Sao Conrado beach.
Barkley, 20, had to run to get on board, much to the amusement of his England team-mates.
Accompanied by a large military presence that included trucks, a helicopter and even two ambulances, the England coach set off at the agreed 9.45am local time until someone on board realised the youngster wasn’t with them.
The 15-minute delay infuriated locals, who blasted their car horns incessantly and surrounded the coach to see what was causing the jam.