‘It was hard’: England opt to train at hottest part of day in World Cup buildup | England

England stepped up their acclimatisation programme in Qatar on Thursday by training during the hottest part of the day. Gareth Southgate’s players took to the field at their Al-Wakrah Sports Club base at 12.30pm local time with the temperature at 33C.

Conor Coady, a member of the squad’s leadership group, who said the players would discuss whether to take the knee before next Monday’s World Cup opener against Iran, described the session as tough but essential.

Wales, who England will meet in their final group match, set back their training by two hours to 4pm. The heat that the players…

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