Bevington: England are ready

England's preparations for this summer's World Cup have been ideal, according to Club England managing director Adrian Bevington.

Last Updated: 08/06/14 at 17:06 Post Comment

Bet £10 Get £30

Daily Offers And Promotions. Join Now & Bet £10 and Get a £30 Free Bet

Roy Hodgson's side touched down in Rio on Sunday after flying through the night from Fort Lauderdale following their goalless draw with Honduras in their last match before the World Cup begins.

And Bevington insists England - who are drawn in Group D alongside Italy, Uruguay and Costa Rica - are glad to have finally reached Brazil ahead of the start of the World Cup on Thursday.

"I think everyone is just delighted to be in Brazil," Bevington told Sky Sports News.

"We really have had a great preparation so far. The week that we had in Miami I think was hugely popular with the whole set-up.

"I know the players particularly enjoyed it down there. We had a wonderful location and of course two very hard games which was the purpose of being down there.

"The objective Roy set us once the draw had been made was that he wanted to play two games in Miami because of the climatic conditions and he wanted to play the three games we had against Central American or South American opposition.

"It was good acclimatisation for the conditions we are going to face in Brazil but likewise it was good to land this morning in glorious sunshine.

"Travelling along the roads there is a lot of support and goodwill towards the team, the waves are lapping in and this is what Rio is about, this is what Brazil is all about.

"When we started this work (during the qualification campaign) two years ago this is what we were looking to achieve."

England are staying at a large beachfront hotel in the heart of Rio not too dissimilar to the type of location they chose in the Polish city of Krakow during the 2012 European Championship.

It is a stark contrast to the remote location in Rustenburg that England used as their base-camp for the 2010 World Cup in South Africa during Fabio Capello's tenure.

"I think we are building really on where we were two years ago in Poland, ironically it was ourselves and the Dutch, (who are also based in Rio), who were in Krakow," Bevington said.

"We had a very good experience in Krakow - the players had a lot of freedom and flexibility there. We were in our own hotel there where we were sole occupants.

"This is a different environment here. It's a bigger hotel here so there are members of the public wandering around so you feel that you are part of a World Cup from that point of view.

"I think we were very clear when we picked the base camp - we could have picked a retreat somewhere, very isolated as we have been at previous tournaments.

"But after discussing it with key people and Roy in particular at length it was apparent that at a World Cup in Brazil you've got to go to Rio and that was the general theme of it.

"More importantly when the players go off to training every day and they go to the wonderful setting that we have got at Urca for our training ground they will undoubtedly feel like they are at a World Cup in Brazil.

"And I think that is something that we aspired to from the outset."

Bet £10 Get £30

Daily Offers And Promotions. Join Now & Bet £10 and Get a £30 Free Bet

Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

E

ven if United were to sign CR7 & Messi to play upfront, the fact remains Fletcher and Cleverly are playing in midfield. That's where the problem is. Fletcher is too slow with an awful pass, while Cleverly is simply rubbish

mrunited4life
Di Maria - A Signing of Necessity, or Opportunity?

T

hese days, these days, you can't say something racist without somebody saying that you're a racist.

tk421
'Wrong' Views Not Silenced By Shouting...

D

rop Rooney (he's so disappointing, overrated and overpaid), and play Di Maria and RVP upfront, much like the set up at the Netherlands team with Roben and RVP...

eric bush3
Di Maria - A Signing of Necessity, or Opportunity?

Footer 365

Premier League: Paul Lambert focused on Aston Villa's awful home form

Paul Lambert is focused on ending Aston Villa's dreadful home form ahead of their clash with Hull City on Sunday.

Premier League: Nigel Pearson looking forward to Esteban Cambiasso's Leicester debut

Nigel Pearson is excited to find out what Esteban Cambiasso can add to his Leicester squad over the rest of the season.

Premier League: Mauricio Pochettino looking forward to Spurs' clash with Liverpool

Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino expects Spurs to treat Sunday's clash with Liverpool as they have their first few games of the season.

Mail Box

Surely A Spurs Fan Should Remember...

...what happened to the fourth Champions League place the last time an English team won the thing. Plus, who would want to pay £60 to watch the current England team?

Ginger Pirlo? Don't Make Me Laugh...

A Sunderland fan in the mailbox is surprised by Jack Colback's call up to the England squad. Plus, thoughts on Welbeck and Liverpool's Champions League draw...

© 2014 British Sky Broadcasting Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media property