Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

They've Only Just Arrived in Miami - but Heat Is Already on Roy's Boys

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

They've Only Just Arrived in Miami - but Heat Is Already on Roy's Boys

Article excerpt

ENGLAND touched down in the sweltering heat of Miami to begin the next phase of their World Cup preparations - but soon ran into problems.

England arrived at Fort Lauderdale airport, 30 miles north of Miami, just before 8pm local time on Sunday (1am Monday morning BST) before taking a 30-minute coach drive into the city.

They then checked in to the Mandarin Oriental hotel in the Brickell Key area of the Florida city.

England manager Roy Hodgson said the nine-hour journey over the Atlantic Ocean was "very good" when asked by the assembled media at the hotel.

Around a dozen reporters and cameramen had gathered to greet the 23-strong squad as they stepped off their coach.

The first man into the hotel was goalkeeping coach Dave Watson.

He was followed soon after by the likes of Wayne Rooney, Steven Gerrard and Leighton Baines, who was carrying his guitar on his back.

The squad had a brief walk around their hotel before retiring for the night following a long day travelling.

England's departure from Luton airport was overshadowed by a stunt by comedian Simon Brodkin - best known for his performance as Lee Nelson in two BBC comedy series.

He was pictured attempting to mingle with England's players and staff as they waited for their luggage to be removed from a coach which had delivered them to a private terminal at the Bedfordshire airport. Dressed in an identical suit to those worn by the England travelling party and brandishing a passport, Brodkin spent several moments in close proximity to the players before he appeared to be spotted first by captain Gerrard, after which members of security and local police intervened.

Brodkin was spoken to by a police officer before leaving the area.

A BBC spokeswoman said the stunt was not for a BBC project.

It wasn't, however, the end of the teething problems as England were forced to train indoors yesterday after torrential storms swept through Miami.

The England squad encountered hot and sweaty conditions when they landed in Florida on Sunday night.

As storms hit the area, they forced England boss Roy Hodgson to move his first session indoors at their Barry University training base. …

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