Gareth Southgate gives England players permission to fly abroad for holidays during mini-break from their UEFA Nations League training camp
- England will compete in the first ever UEFA Nations League finals this summer
- Thirteen players have already gathered for a pre-tournament training camp
- England manager Gareth Southgate has given those players the weekend off
- Southgate will allow his players to fly abroad for short holidays if they wish
Southgate has given his squad the weekend off from preparations from the upcoming finals in Portugal and has permitted his players to fly abroad if they decide to.
The 13 players who reported for international duty on Tuesday will reconvene at St George’s Park on Monday, when they will be joined by Manchester City‘s Treble-winning stars and Borussia Dortmund winger Jadon Sancho.
England boss Gareth Southgate will allow his players to fly abroad for holidays this weekend
James Ward-Prowse (left) is one of 13 players to have already joined England’s training camp
England trained at St George’s Park in Burton on Friday ahead of their weekend of rest
Southgate and his coaching staff were seen speaking to their players who sat on the turf
Those involved in the Europa League and Champions League finals will report on June 3 — just three days prior to the Nations League opener against Holland.
In the past England players have had to surrender their passports ahead of tournaments, essentially preventing them from going overseas, but Southgate wants to nurture a far more relaxed atmosphere around the England camp, preferring to treat his squad like adults.
Meanwhile, work in Portugal in preparation for Southgate squad’s arrival is already underway.
England’s players will arrive in Portugal on June 5, where they will stay at a state of the art facility in Guimaraes and they are expected to train at local club Vitoria, and delegates from the England camp have already begun preparations ahead of Southgate men’s arrival.
The mood in training on Friday appeared to be very relaxed. Everton goalkeeper Jordan Pickford and Leicester defender Harry Maguire posed with a shield for a photograph which was shared on England’s Instagram account. Manchester United striker Marcus Rashford held a replica of Thor’s hammer in the snap.
West Ham midfielder Declan Rice (left) and Leicester star Harry Maguire battled in training
Everton goalkeeper Jordan Pickford looked focussed during Friday’s session in Burton
Jack Butland (left), Rice and Nathan Redmond appeared in high spirits ahead of the weekend
Pickford and Maguire posed with a shield as Marcus Rashford held a replica of Thor’s hammer
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