England will NOT let sweltering conditions affect their pursuit of World Cup glory says Conor Coady


England will NOT let sweltering conditions affect their pursuit of World Cup glory, insists Conor Coady… after Gareth Southgate’s men trained in temperatures of over 90 degrees in the Doha midday sun

Conor Coady insists England’s bid to conquer the world will not melt in the sweltering desert conditions and acclimatisation is not a problem.

Gareth Southgate’s squad trained at 1230 local time here on Thursday, when temperatures were more than 90 degrees; all bar James Maddison, who is managing a knee issue, were involved in the longest session, time wise, that England have done since arriving in Doha.

Wales boss Robert Page took the decision to push back a session that he had planned for a similar time for his squad but Southgate pressed on and Coady was adamant it was the right decision, as it is all part of crucial preparations.

Gareth Southgate’s England side are one of the favourites to win the World Cup and Conor Coady insists the sweltering desert conditions and acclimatisation will not be a problem

England are due to train at the same time on Friday and while it is physically demanding, the Everton defender – who is pushing to win his 11th cap in the opening game against Iran – would not change a thing.

‘It was hard this morning,’ said Coady. ‘It was a long session and it was something we needed as a team to get used to it, to feel it, to understand it. 

‘It’s tough, of course it’s tough. I’m not going to sit here and says it’s not tough but we’re professional players, we understand what we are doing.. ‘And training this morning was fantastic. 

Gareth Southgate's squad trained at 1230 local time here on Thursday, when temperatures were more than 90 degrees

Gareth Southgate’s squad trained at 1230 local time here on Thursday, when temperatures were more than 90 degrees

It was the longest session they have done since they touched down for the tournament

It was the longest session they have done since they touched down for the tournament

‘It’s a different environment for us, it’s something we want to 8take on board as quickly as possible and something we want to enjoy – it’s a World Cup.

‘No matter when it is, the time of year – it’s in the winter now and we’re here in 30 degree heat – but we want to enjoy it as much as we can. Going out there and overthinking the heat or thinking it’s too hot, it will get us nowhere.

‘We are going out there to embrace it, to enjoy everything that comes with it. Listen, we don’t get the sun too often back home so let’s enjoy it.’ 

Coady, a naturally enthusiastic soul, was part of the England squad that reached the Euro 2020 final but he never kicked a ball during the tournament. 

The Three Lions are due to train at the same time on Friday - ahead of their game on Monday

The Three Lions are due to train at the same time on Friday – ahead of their game on Monday

While the heat is physically demanding, Coady says it will not ruin their chances

While the heat is physically demanding, Coady says it will not ruin their chances 

When it was put to him that the same thing could happen again, he turned the question around to discuss the opportunity ahead.

‘It’s the same as always,’ said Coady. ‘You come to England to play for your country, to help your country. That is the most important thing. We all understand that as players and what we want from this competition. I’m no different.

‘No matter what happens, how much we train, every day we give our best to push ourselves as much as we can to hopefully have a good tournament.’

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