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England transferring to luxury new camp after being booed off from Scotland draw


The Three Lions are hoping transferring to a new luxury pad will helping them roar again after yesterday’s frustrating bore draw.

England checked into Tottenham Hotspur’s Myddelton Lodge after fans booed them off the pitch for their lacklustre 0-0 result against Scotland.

Gareth Southgate’s men will be hoping a change of scenery will also mean a change in fortunes for Tuesday’s clash with the Czech Republic.

Both sides are on four points but England need a result to be certain of qualifying for the Euros’ last 16.

And they will be wary of Czech striker Patrik Schick, who scored twice against Scotland, including a wonder goal.



The England team are moving into a swanky hotel
The England team are moving into a swanky hotel

The squad, who were based at Hilton’s St George’s Park in Burton, Staffs, checked into the North London complex straight after Friday’s match.

Swanky Myddelton Lodge – which featured on Spurs’ Netflix documentary All Or Nothing: Tottenham Hotspur – is packed with hi-tech gizmos and little luxuries that may just give England the edge they need for Tuesday’s crucial fixture.

It has a cinema screen, a fire pit and a specially made Argentinian ­barbecue. And each player’s bed has tucked a way feet so the stars don’t stub their precious toes.

Their rooms have TVs facing sofas, rather than the beds, so players are not distracted at night.

Today 14 of the Three Lions squad were filmed training there – including the second half substitute in the Scotland game Jack Grealish and fitagain Manchester Utd defender Harry Maguire.

The 40-bedroom, two-floor, crescent-shaped Lodge is just three years old.

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Each player has their own room which has 100% noise cancellation and ­individual codes to open doors.

To stop wannabe pranksters, players are unable to ring reception to order an early alarm call to another person’s room.



Tyrone Mings chilling out ahead of the next match
Tyrone Mings chilling out ahead of the next match

The lighting automatically changes depending on the time of the day and can be adjusted on an iPad – with an option for a complete blackout.

All the rooms look out on to a ­spectacular communal garden area, which also has bean bags and sun loungers.

The basement has a high-quality gym with an altitude chamber, massage beds, strapping area and a doctor’s surgery.



Phil Foden after a session in the Yoga pod
Phil Foden after a session in the Yoga pod

And each changing room locker has a padded drawer so players’ expensive watches do not get scratched.

Manager Southgate even has his own private quarters on the upper floor, called the Myddelton Suite.

The hotel is not available to the public and is used exclusively as a training camp. The Brazil national squad used the facility before the 2018 World Cup in Russia.

An England source said: “The game against Scotland was obviously a washout – but the team hope they have still got it all to play for.

“It’s still entirely in England’s hands and the backroom staff hope a change of scenery at Spurs’ training ground will help lift their spirits.”

Despite Friday’s disappointment England’s players and pundits were still optimistic about the side’s chances.

Defender and Aston Villa hero Tyrone Mings said: “Not the result we were after but another point closer to our first ­objective, qualification.”

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Skipper Harry Kane said: “We’ve got a big game in a few days against the Czechs.” Meanwhile Leeds midfielder Kalvin Phillips tweeted last night: “Shame we couldn’t find the winner but another clean sheet and a point closer to ­qualification. Thank you as always for your incredible support.”

Pundit and ex-striker Alan Shearer, a hero in England’s 2-0 win over Scotland in Euro 96, yesterday urged the nation to keep calm and carry on.

He said: “There’s no need to panic. England haven’t conceded, it was all very positive and rosy after the Croatia game, we were all upbeat. So I don’t think we should get too despondent – there’s plenty to work on. They will get better”.

Meanwhile, police have warned England fans they risk ruining Tuesday’s game if they get too drunk.

Scotland Yard’s Deputy Assistant Commissioner Laurence Taylor said: “We don’t want to spoil people’s fun – but be responsible.

“With all football the biggest threat is the large crowds, excess alcohol being consumed, ­people whose ­behaviour just sometimes tips over the edge.”

He warned against protesters trying to emulate the Greenpeace parachutist who landed on the pitch in the France v Germany game.



The Three Lions will be having a ball
The Three Lions will be having a ball

And he revealed football ­intelligence officers had been liaising with cops in Prague in the Czech Republic to identify risk supporters and stop travelling hooligans. Mr Laurence also told how they were prepared to use drones to fight against disruption in the stadium and also said they had planned for the threat of a terrorist attack.

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He said: “Whoever we are playing, however long England remains in the tournament or whichever games we are hosting in London, we will have those contacts with our international counterparts to ensure we’re as ­informed as we can be.



Only the best for our lads
Only the best for our lads

“The vast majority of people who follow football love the game and want to watch the game and behave ­themselves really well.

“It’s a tiny, tiny minority who don’t do that. But it’s that minority we are focused on and we have a number of measures in place to ensure that we can manage that.”

Southgate has already had a boost against his Czech counterpart. The England boss, 50, is rated the third most handsome manager at the Euros by female fans.

Czech head Jaroslav Silhavy, 59, doesn’t even make the list.

Some 14% of female fans fell for Southgate’s youthful looks, neat beard and big smile, even though he has ditched the stylish waistcoats he wore in the 2018 World Cup. Researchers found female fans love to size up the managers as they strut their stuff in the technical area.

Italy’s stylishly Roberto Mancini, 56, was rated the most handsome with 23%, followed by marathon runner and Spain boss Luis Enrique, 51, on 14%. Ukraine’s Andriy Shevchenko, 44, was fourth on 11%.

But fewer than 1% of the 2,000 fans asked by price comparison site BonusFinder.com thought Scotland boss Steve Clarke, 57, looks good.





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