England squad have touched down in Brazil ahead of the start of their World Cup campaign.

England‘s last warm up game against Honduras ended 0-0 on Saturday night.

England will be based at the Royal Tulip Hotel, south of Rio’s city centre and will be training on a secure military base underneath the imposing Sugar Loaf mountain.

Soon after arriving, boss Roy Hodgson told Sky Sports News: “Team spirit is very, very good. It’s been good since the moment we met up in Portugal.

“We have always had our focus, of course, on the day we would arrive in Brazil and perhaps even more focus on Manaus where we are playing on Saturday.

“But now we have got a full week to prepare here, and that will be very useful to us because we are getting more and more acclimatised to conditions.

“We have got one further week to make sure when we kick off in Manaus we will be 100 per cent ready.”

Hodgson will conduct an open training session on Monday morning followed by a closed work-out on Tuesday morning.
The squad will train again on Wednesday morning before flying to Manaus on Thursday ahead of their Group D opener against Italy on Saturday.
There will be a part-open training session in Manaus on Thursday afternoon and a pre-match news conference on Friday afternoon which will be followed by another part-open training session.

England will begin their World Cup campaign against Italy at the Arena Amazonia late on Saturday evening.Joe Hart believes the England squad are in good shape and its great having Steven Gerrard and Jordan Henderson in the side.

“We had a good training camp and we’re ready now,” said the Manchester City star. “We got what we could out of it. We were always going to do that.

“We are working hard, we have worked hard every day on and off the field and we’ve given everything to be prepared.

“We feel good. We feel like we’re doing the right things.

“It’s great having Stevie [Gerrard] and Jordan [Henderson] and the various players screening us which is good, but I thought we looked dangerous going forward as well, which is a big positive.

“We feel like we’ve had a great three weeks together. We really feel like a team – a good strong English team going into a tournament with every chance to express ourselves and do well.”

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