England, who have only five players with World Cup experience in Russia, enjoyed a relaxed open training session on Thursday morning near their base in the town of Repino.
The likes of Raheem Sterling, Jesse Lingard and Trent Alexander-Arnold were pictured playing around with a Nerf ball as they warmed up before getting down to business.
Jesse Lingard and his England team-mates warmed up with a Nerf Ball ahead of training
Raheem Sterling and Co were in very high spirits as they trained on Thursday morning
Harry Kane receives the Nerf ball as England limbered up prior to the warm session
Dele Alli, one of many set for their World Cup debut, panics as he catches the Nerf ball
Eric Dier prepares to catch the toy off Manchester City winger Sterling on Thursday
Trent Alexander-Arnold throws the Nerf Ball to his Three Lions team-mate in Repino
Gareth Southgate’s squad then enjoyed possession-based drills as they trained just hours before the start of the World Cup in Russia.
They began the session with a minute’s silence for the victims of the Grenfell Tower disaster one year ago.
Meanwhile, England go into the World Cup in buoyant mood but Southgate will have one slight concern heading into the opening game against Tunisia next Monday.
After warming up with the Nerf Ball, England enjoyed some possession-based drills
Man City defender John Stones puts pressure on as he tries to get the ball off his team-mates
The England squad were in high spirits as they enjoyed the open training session in Russia
Ashley Young stretches for the ball with Alexander-Arnold lurking behind him
Alli tries to get the ball away from Young at the Spartak Zelenogorsk stadium on Thursday
Manchester United striker Marcus Rashford missed training yet again on Thursday with what was described by Southgate as a ‘slight knock’.
Rashford underwent separate fitness work at the team hotel while the squad held an open training session at the Spartak Zelenogorsk stadium.
After England face Tunisia on June 18, they then take on Panama and Belgium in their other group games.
Gareth Southgate keeps an eye on proceedings ahead of England’s opener against Tunisia
Southgate’s squad prepare to take to the training pitch ahead of Thursday’s session
England don’t appear to be letting the pressure get to them ahead of the World Cup
The England squad observed a minutes silence for the victims of the Grenfell Tower
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