England start preparations for Sunday’s Euro 2020 final against Italy at St George’s Park


Still can’t wipe away last night’s smiles! Gareth Southgate leads England training as the work for Sunday’s final against Italy begins with a session with Phil Foden and Co – and everyone’s still grinning ear-to-ear!

England have begun their preparations ahead of Sunday’s Euro 2020 final against Italy with a training session led by boss Gareth Southgate.

The Three Lions confirmed 13 players took part in Thursday afternoon’s session at a sunny St George’s Park, with Jack Grealish and Jordan Henderson joining the XI that started Wednesday night’s semi-final victory against Denmark for indoor work.  

But it was an outdoor session for the other half of Southgate’s squad, with Phil Foden – who along with Kieran Trippier came on at Wembley against the Danes – among those in high spirits.

And then a pool recovery session for a handful of players and of course the inflatable unicorn made an appearance. 

Bukayo Saka, Marcus Rashford and Jadon Sancho were all seen splashing about and enjoying a game of volleyball over the inflatable net.  

Bukayo Saka enjoyed a post-training dip in the swimming pool and relished a splash around

Marcus Rashford jumped onto an inflatable unicorn, which is a firm favourite of the players

Marcus Rashford jumped onto an inflatable unicorn, which is a firm favourite of the players

Jadon Sancho and new Manchester United team-mate Rashford took in some pool recovery

Jadon Sancho and new Manchester United team-mate Rashford took in some pool recovery

Spirits are soaring in the England camp after they progressed past Denmark to reach the final

Spirits are soaring in the England camp after they progressed past Denmark to reach the final

Sancho jumped on Saka for a piggyback ride in the pool of the training base at St George's Park

Sancho jumped on Saka for a piggyback ride in the pool of the training base at St George’s Park

On the training pitch itself centre-back trio Tyrone Mings, Conor Coady and Ben White were also seen in high spirits, while Chelsea full-backs Reece James and Ben Chilwell, young midfielder Jude Bellingham and forward Dominic Calvert-Lewin were also pictured as part of the group.

Goalkeeping pair Sam Johnstone and Aaron Ramsdale – brought in to cover the injured Dean Henderson – completed the list of players taking part. 

Southgate reported after the game that ‘it seems like everybody’s come through the game OK in terms of injuries’.

While he admitted it was not the best time to assess everything given the adrenaline that went with beating Denmark, the early fitness news appeared positive.

The Three Lions boss meanwhile was joined by assistant manager Steve Holland as well as assistant technical director John McDermott. 

Coaches Chris Powell and Graeme Jones were also spotted deep in conversation with each other during the session.

Jadon Sancho was in high spirits at St George's Park ahead of Sunday's final against Italy

Jadon Sancho was in high spirits at St George’s Park ahead of Sunday’s final against Italy

Marcus Rashford and Sancho are soon to be team-mates at Manchester United after the Euros

Marcus Rashford and Sancho are soon to be team-mates at Manchester United after the Euros

Everton forward Dominic Calvert-Lewin (right) was also seen having fun in the outdoor session

Everton forward Dominic Calvert-Lewin (right) was also seen having fun in the outdoor session

Kieran Trippier along with Foden were the only players to figure against Denmark at Wembley

Kieran Trippier along with Foden were the only players to figure against Denmark at Wembley

Midfielder Bellingham

Chelsea left-back Chilwell

Young midfielder Jude Bellingham (left) and Ben Chilwell (right) also took part in the session

England have a chance to win their first Euros on Sunday against Roberto Mancini’s men, and just the second major trophy in their history following their World Cup win some 55 years ago now.

A Simon Kjaer own goal saw England draw level after Mikkel Damsgaard’s stunning free-kick opened the scoring. Harry Kane then converted a penalty controversially won by Raheem Sterling in extra time.

Italy meanwhile needed penalties to beat Spain in their semi-final on Tuesday, after Federico Chiesa’s wonderful strike was cancelled out by Alvaro Morata’s equaliser in normal time. 

Coaches Chris Powell and Graeme Jones were also spotted deep in conversation

Coaches Chris Powell and Graeme Jones were also spotted deep in conversation

Assistant technical director John McDermott was also seen with the England boss on Thursday

Assistant technical director John McDermott was also seen with the England boss on Thursday

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