WORLD cup fever has finally hit Burton as the England football team trained at the town’s £105 million football centre – which bosses hope will propel the team to victory this summer.
England boss Roy Hodgson ran the rule over his squad at St George’s Park yesterday and will do for the rest of the week as the team get set to play a send-off against Peru at Wembley on Friday.
The centre will host three high-intensity practices during the course of the week as Three Lions chiefs use every aspect of the facility to get the squad ready for the tournament in Brazil.
Mr Hodgson, speaking about St George’s Park, said: “What makes you a better football team is the work that you do within that facility so here we have the chance.
“I’m rather hoping that the work that will go on here and the amount of effort we’ll put in here to help produce better players and coaches will lead us one day to that World Cup victory.”
There were 23 of Hodgson’s 25-man squad in action tucked away in the East Staffordshire countryside including the likes of Wayne Rooney and team captain Steven Gerrard.
While there was a light drizzle in the air yesterday, the weather in the area was mild, but the players still wrapped up.
All wore Nike trousers and rain jackets, while some also opted for hats and gloves.
The added layers were with a view to the hot and humid conditions in Manaus, where England kick off their campaign against Italy on June 14, and will hopefully let the team start to acclimatise to the difficult South American conditions.
The team will remain at St George’s Park and will train every day before heading down to London for Friday’s game – their last on home soil ahead of the 2014 World Cup.
After Friday’s game, the England squadfly to Florida next week for the heart of their World Cup preparations, which include friendlies in Miami against Ecuador and Honduras, before their tournament opener next month.