Heavy rains could not deter players from a very determined England from bundling up and taking to the pitch Friday for one of their final training sessions ahead of a quarterfinal clash against Sweden.
Coach Gareth Southgate, whose team on Tuesday eliminated Colombia after a scrappy 1-1 draw that ended in a nail-biting penalties shootout, was in high spirits as he led the team through an energetic session ahead of Saturday’s match.
“Awful weather in Repino, but we’ve still got that Friday feeling,” the squad said on its official Twitter account, alongside an image of midfielder Jesse Lingard doing a handstand on a ball as other players frolicked around him.
The only player that trained apart was striker Jamie Vardy, who suffered a groin strain in the Colombia match and is unlikely to take part in the fight against Sweden.
After the session, the team is scheduled to fly to Samara, where under brighter skies it is set to take on Sweden at the Cosmos Arena on Saturday.