Euro 2020: how England is entertained in its bubble

Love Island, Fortnite and Fifa are just a few of the ways Harry Kane and his English teammates have occupied their time leading up to the semi-final game against Denmark.

The team head to Wembley tonight in a crucial clash with the Danes for a place in the final.

The Three Lions having spent time preparing for the match at their base in St George’s Park.

With a Covid bubble in place around the squad, Gareth Southgate’s 26 players had to have fun inside the training campus.

Arsenal striker Bukayo Saka was victorious on the media dartboard on Wednesday.

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Love Island is proving to be a big hit with the players. Jack Grealish posted an image on social media referring to one of the contestants, Hugo Hammond, and Conor Coady and Mason Mount were also spotted on sofas watching the reality show.

Declan Rice and Bukayo Saka are also fans with a clip showing the Arsenal midfielder telling his England team-mates not to “spoil him” with spoilers “because I didn’t watch him”.

The FA also posted photos of the team enjoying the training camp’s water sports facilities, including an inflatable unicorn and pool volleyball, and they also showed their competitive edge with a darts contest.

Kyle Walker and Jordan Pickford have revealed that they have chosen to chill out with the Fortnite video game while the England goalkeeper also took part in a Fifa “e-Soccer aid” tournament to raise funds for Unicef.

Despite lavish rooms and game consoles, the traditional Uno card game appeared to be a surprise hit among players – Jadon Sancho praising the ability of a potential future Manchester United teammate.

“I just played Uno,” the Borussia Dortmund winger told Radio 5 Live’s Daily Euros podcast. “I’m very good. Luke Shaw is very good. He’s tactical, he reads your mind.

“I played basketball with the boys, table tennis, billiards.

“Then we have a good spa, I have my PlayStation with my boys at home and we also played Uno. You never really get bored here.

Ben Chilwell, meanwhile, explained the rules of the court and how he brought the team together.

“They have a basketball court there and it’s something I loved playing in school, so I was the first one there on the pitch,” the Chelsea full-back told the official podcast from England.

“There’s a group of us, ten, playing a knockout game over there at night. It’s a fun way to pass the time at the hotel.

“There is a good group and you feel like you are not on an international mission, you are just with your friends at the park playing. It brings us together. “

For Manchester City striker Raheem Sterling, it was all about the simple things that made him smile.

it’s just nice to be home for once and breathe some good british air and it’s nice outside and i can’t stop smiling!

Rahim sterling

“There is a lovely smell. The smell from the reception to the rooms was pleasant, ”he said in an interview with talkSPORT.

“Normally, when you come with England, you travel, you are on a plane, you go somewhere.

“It’s gloomy, you arrive at a hotel, the hotel is gloomy. You are there, you have football to play, you enjoy your football, you come back to the hotel. It’s boring.

“Come here, somewhere you have been for many years. You know all about the place and it’s just nice to be home for once and breathe some good British air and it’s nice outside and I can’t stop smiling! ”

In addition to the boredom breakers and the hard work of practices and team meetings, the players all had their rooms individually equipped to make them feel more comfortable.

Gareth Southgate and his team oversaw the training ahead of the opener against Croatia.

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“It’s amazing, it has it all,” said Grealish, captain of Aston Villa.

“There are so many things. They did a great job to be fair. I think they tried to make it as easy as possible. There were so many lovely touches.

“I walked into my room thinking it would be a normal room, but there were pictures of my family in the room and one of my dog ​​that made me happy.”

Captain Kane, meanwhile, said he plans to avoid much of the physical activity to binge on a well-known cabinet.

Harry Kane to watch Maisie Williams and Sophie Turner while in St George’s Park

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“We have a cricket ground and we could play golf a bit, but it’s more around the hotel,” he said.

“The boys will be playing PlayStation and stuff like that, but I just started Game of Thrones, believe it or not.

“I have a nice little time to finish this and it will be over before the tournament is over… I could take it and have the weird game of Fortnite, but not as much as before.”

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