England to retain Rio base

England have confirmed they will be based in Rio during next year's World Cup following the group stage draw.

Last Updated: 06/12/13 at 23:16 Post Comment

Hodgson: His England side will be based in Rio

Hodgson: His England side will be based in Rio

England may have been thrown into the group of death - but at least they do not have up to rip up their plans to stay in Rio during the World Cup.

England have been handed a tough group containing Italy, Uruguay and Costa Rica.

A testing game in the sweltering humidity of Manaus in the north west of Brazil is Roy Hodgson's side's first game, versus Italy.

After that, England will play two games in the south. That is better news for England in terms of climate.

In Sao Paulo, where England play Uruguay, rain falls throughout June, and temperatures are similar to the English summer.

Belo Horizonte will be slightly warmer, reaching the late twenties and early thirties, but there is little humidity there.

The fact that two of the three games will be in the south of Brazil also means England will be able to base themselves in Rio.

Hodgson admitted he could have ended up moving base further north had England had to play all three of their games far away from the south, but luckily for him, that has not happened.

"Logistically while we have the long journey to Manaus, the second and third games are helpful to us," Club England managing director Adrian Bevington said.

"We also can stay at the base camp in Rio that we've spent a lot of time preparing."

England will stop, therefore, at their preferred choice of the Royal Tulip hotel in Rio.

The Three Lions stopped in the Windsor Atlantica, which is right by the Copacabana beach, when they played in the Maracana in June but the Tulip is located a few miles down the coast near to the Sao Conrado beach.

Hodgson hopes that will give his players more chance to go out for walks and rub shoulders with the local population just like they did in Euro 2012 when they were based in Krakow.

The Urca military base, which is in the shadow of Sugar Loaf Mountain, will be where England train.

England are due to play Denmark in March at Wembley and will play one more game in London in May.

The week before that final Wembley game, Hodgson is keen to take the players away to southern Europe.

Another tour will happen before the tournament - this time in the United States. England are due to play the US in Miami just before the tournament, while a South American opponent could be lined up as opposition for another friendly in the US just before that.

Bevington reckons the trip to America will be helpful.

He added: "We've had a couple of meetings about the fixtures before the World Cup.

"There's an agreement in principle with the USA.

"The great thing with the trip to Miami is that, while it's not Manaus, it will definitely help us prepare for that sort of heat and humidity."


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