Inside England’s Euro 2020 base with stunning rooms, pool and spa

England’s footballers are enjoying a luxurious training camp just outside Burton[1] ahead of Euro 2020.

They are in isolation at St George’s Park, in Needwood, preparing to kick off their tournament against Croatia on Sunday, June 13.

But they have everything they need in their covid bubble, with the complex’s training pitches complemented by a lush Hilton hotel.

It includes an indoor pool, a spa and the Crossbar bar, with a giant marquee being set up for press briefings.

But Southgate has made secret changes, keeping the details even from his backroom staff, The Mirror[2] reports.

With June forecast to be scorching, meals prepared by former chef to the Spice Girls Omar Meziane will be served outdoors to allow for a “social experience”.

Southgate said: “St George’s is an environment we are familiar with. We are hoping to change that a little bit so when the players walk through the door it is not quite as they have seen it before. I am looking forward to that.”

Hilton Hotel at St George's Park
Hilton Hotel at St George’s Park

England, who beat Romania 1-0 on Sunday with a Marcus Rashford penalty in their final friendly, will move from St George’s Park to The Lodge, Spurs’ hotel and training ground, after facing Scotland on June 18.

They play the Czech Republic on June 22.

Meanwhile, Wales head to Azerbaijan to take over four floors of a hotel.

The squad, led by skipper Gareth Bale, will have a marquee too where they can enjoy Welsh cakes and baked beans being trucked to Baku, the site of their first two games.

And they can unwind with PlayStation 5s, a darts board and ice baths.

All 228 bedrooms have been refurbished

For training sessions and matchdays, a lorry will carry an oxygen chamber for aiding recovery. Nutritional shakes and medical kit were also sent.

Bale is vegan, and bosses have catered accordingly. Scotland are staying at the five-star Rockliffe Hall in Darlington, which was England’s hotel for the friendlies.

As the tournament grips the home nations involved, the UK economy is set for a huge boost too.

Beer sales are expected to raise more than £700million for Covid-hit pubs, while those tuning in at home might enjoy the odd ale and burger.

Heineken, one of the tournament sponsors, expects 300,000 pints will be served at Wembley at England’s three group stage matches there.

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References

  1. ^ just outside Burton (www.staffordshire-live.co.uk)
  2. ^ The Mirror (www.mirror.co.uk)
  3. ^ here (www.staffordshire-live.co.uk)
  4. ^ here (e.staffordshire-live.co.uk)