Making a splash! England squad take a dip in the pool at Southampton’s training ground ahead of Euro 2020 qualifier against Kosovo
- The England squad is gearing up at Southampton’s training ground Staplewood
- The buoyant team were pictured making use of the south coast side’s facilities
- Gareth Southgate’s men will host their next Euro 2020 qualifier at St Mary’s
- A 4-0 victory against Bulgaria on Saturday continued England’s perfect record
England’s players made use of the facilities on offer at Southampton’s Staplewood training ground ahead of Tuesday’s Euro 2020 qualifier against Kosovo.
Gareth Southgate’s men will host the minnows at St Mary’s on the south coast and hope to extend their unbeaten record in Group A.
The squad, led by skipper Jordan Henderson, were snapped taking a swim as preparations for the clash continued.
England’s players made use of the large swimming pool at Southampton’s training facility
Jordan Henderson was also pictured exercising on the south coast ahead of Kosovo clash
The Three Lions’ team spirit was evident as several key members of Southgate’s ranks posed for pictures.
Young stars Harry Winks, Ben Chilwell, James Maddison, Trent Alexander-Arnold and Jadon Sancho were inseparable, and will be hoping to make a major impact for England throughout the qualifying campaign.
Aston Villa stalwart Tyrone Mings was also present following his maiden call-up to the senior side – and could even make his international debut at the home of the side who had released him as a teenager.
Aston Villa’s Tyrone Mings was present following his maiden call-up to the senior side
Starlet Mason Mount was handed his international debut in the 4-0 victory against Bulgaria
Chelsea starlet Mason Mount was awarded his international debut in the comfortable victory against Bulgaria on Saturday.
When questioned about the experience just a year after making his bow for the under-21s, Mount said: ‘It has been a crazy 12 months. It was unbelievable, something you dream about as a kid.
‘There were not many people there for that under-21 game and it was like playing on a school pitch. But it went well and everything has gone so quickly. I have just tried to learn everything I can.’
Callum Wilson had netted his first goal of the season for Bournemouth ahead of his call-up
And with a large squad all pushing for a starting role, including Bournemouth frontman Callum Wilson, boss Southgate is relishing his selection headache.
He said: ‘The great thing is we’ve got genuine competition for places.
‘We’ve got, clearly, probably four or five guys that you would expect to see on the team sheet, but outside of that (it’s) very difficult to call in a lot of positions.’