For And Against: The Tracksuit

England players arrived at Birmingham airport on Tuesday afternoon ahead of their flight to Dortmund for their friendly against Germany on Wednesday evening.

The Three Lions were kitted out in their tracksuits and seemed in good spirits as they boarded the plane to jet off for the friendly against one of their most fierce rivals.

They face Germany before hosting Lithuania at Wembley on Sunday in a World Cup qualifier.

The two matches represent Gareth Southgate's first in full-time charge of his country having taken over as caretaker boss following the Sam Allardyce fiasco.
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Southgate gave a rousing speech to his players in a meeting on Monday evening, which included a clip of his infamous penalty miss at Euro 96.

Striker Jamie Vardy said: “The penalty was on there, yes. Yes it was. He didn’t go into much detail but he wanted it to be on there to show how far he has come as well.

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"Obviously him being in that situation to have his knowledge of that can benefit us quite a lot.”

Southgate invited 10 players who are not part of the squad to the meeting, but only injured Stoke keeper Jack Butland turned up alongside the current crop of stars.

Source : http://www.mirror.co.uk/sport/football/news/england-players-board-plane-birmingham-10069760

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