NIZHNY NOVGOROD, Russia (Reuters) – When English players first imagined playing a World Cup in Russia, they would not have envisaged searing sunshine and temperatures of 30 degrees Celsius (86°F).
Yet unless forecasters are wrong, that is exactly what awaits them against Panama on Sunday in the baking Nizhny Novgorod Stadium where there has been barely a cloud for days.
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So are England worried, especially given the advantage this could give the Central Americans?
“We just have to adapt to that,” manager Gareth Southgate told a news conference in the stadium on Saturday.
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“It’s important to keep possession of the ball. There will be moments where we attack with the ball, and others where we rest with possession,” he added, saying there would been no “physiological benefit” to weeks of advance training in heat.
There was a similar temperature during the day at Volgograd, where England won their opening game against Tunisia 2-1, but that was a 9 p.m. kickoff whereas Sunday’s match starts at 3 p.m.
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Midfielder Jordan Henderson said the players knew what to do: “It’s basic training. Making sure of hydration is the most important thing. Plenty of fluids before and during the match.”
England fans have been loving it. About 2,300 were descending on Nizhny Novgorod, drinking beer in sun-kissed cafes and lolling on grassy banks next to the Volga river.
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Unlike Panama, England chose not to train at the stadium on Saturday, preferring to have a session at their own camp earlier in...
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