Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Refocus Boys! Kane Leaves Little to Chance as England Go from Rain to 30C for Quarter-Final

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Refocus Boys! Kane Leaves Little to Chance as England Go from Rain to 30C for Quarter-Final

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WORLD CUP RUSSIA 2018 Robert Jobson in Samara, Ben Morgan in Repino and Jonathan Prynn ENGLAND'S World Cup heroes issued a stirring rallying cry today as they prepared to swap their rain-swept training base for the cauldron of Samara for tomorrow's quarter-final clash with Sweden. Captain Harry Kane tweeted one word: "Refocus" with the hashtags #WorldCup #QuarterFinal #ThreeLions before he led the squad out for a final training session in Repino during a downpour.

Meanwhile, Theresa May wished the team luck for a victory that would take England to their first World Cup semifinal since 1990. The Prime Minister said: "I know the whole country will be rooting for Gareth Southgate and the England team tomorrow. They've done brilliantly so far and I wish them the very best of luck in going even further."

All 23 members of the squad were on the rain-lashed pitch at Spartak Zelenogorsk, where England have been put through their paces for the last three weeks. They were flying 1,100 miles east to Samara in south-west Russia after lunchtime today, arriving at around 3pm London time 24 hours before kick-off. While the mercury in Repino hovered around 14C, the players will have to endure high humidity and temperatures of up to 30C when they face Sweden.

Southgate looked on as the players divided into teams and played dodgeball. Ashley Young carried Marcus Rashford on his shoulders as they laughed and joked between drills. Jamie Vardy took part in the warm up session away from the rest of the squad.

The Leicester City striker injured his groin during extra time against Colombia and sat out yesterday's behindclosed-doors session.

The players wore waterproof jackets, leggings and hats while Kyle Walker donned a snood over his face.

Defender Kieran Trippier said: "On Saturday afternoon England fans will be buzzing and raring to go. It's an early kick-off and hopefully we can put an even bigger smile on their faces."

He added: "You see them on social media and it's crazy. …

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