England warmed down from their dramatic win over Tunisia in unconventional fashion as players pranced around the squad swimming pool on inflatable unicorns.
Spirits were evidently high among the squad as they recuperated in the swimming pool following the Group G opener for a recovery session.
And the likes of Jesse Lingard, Jordan Pickford, Harry Maguire and Jordan Henderson showed off their playful side as they splashed around atop the pool floats.
Jesse Lingard falls off the inflatable unicorn as Jordan Pickford (left) watches on smiling
Lingard, Pickford and defender Harry Maguire ride the inflatable pool floats during the session
Goalkeeper Pickford appeared to be enjoying himself particularly as he struck a pose while riding the float while Maguire and Lingard appeared to be racing the unicorns.
Lingard even played photographer as he took a photo of Ashley Young in the pool, who featured at left wing-back on Monday evening ahead of Danny Rose.
Players also took to the basketball court and performed stretches in the gym as they bid to rid themselves of any muscle soreness lingering from the Tunisia result.
England only arrived back in Repino, the sleepy Russian village that the squad have made their base for the group stages, at 6am on Tuesday after catching an overnight flight from Volgograd to St Petersburg.
Pickford crashes off the inflatable unicorn as Maguire (right) watches his goalkeeper falling
Kieran Trippier was another England player enjoying his time in the swimming pool on Tuesday
Lingard turned photographer as he used a camera to take photos of defender Ashley Young
Lingard’s photo (credited) shows Young striking a pose for the camera in the swimming pool
The players who started the match were given the morning off to rest but by the evening they joined the remainder of the squad for the recovery session.
So Ruben Loftus-Cheek, Marcus Rashford and Eric Dier underwent a full day of training as they only featured as a substitutes on the night.
Earlier Harry Kane, who scored both England’s goals in the 2-1 win including an injury-time winner, joined Kieran Trippier for some routine stretches.
The Three Lions play Panama in their next group tie and a win could be enough to seal their passage into the knockout rounds with a game to spare.
Midfielder Jordan Henderson jokes around with No 1 Pickford as they recovered from the game
Pickford flexed his muscles for the camera a day after making his competitive England debut
However that depends on Belgium either beating or drawing with Tunisia on Saturday after Roberto Martinez’s side thrashed Panama 3-0 in their opener.
One player absent was Kane and Trippier’s Tottenham team-mate Dele Alli, who was sent for a scan on a thigh injury he suffered during the victory.
Fabian Delph looked set to replace him before half-time but Alli continued until the 80th minute when Loftus-Cheek came on to replace him.
Gareth Southgate stressed the importance of building on the win and insisted the squad will not be resting on their laurels following the result.
Raheem Sterling (left) and Jesse Lingard took to the basketball court as they recuperated
Henderson was another player who traded sports during the session with the basketball
‘There are always things (to improve),’ the England manager said. ‘We are a team that are improving and developing, and therefore there will always be things that we can get better at.
‘We’re a long way from perfection. What pleased me is that there has been a long period of work gone into (Monday’s) result from all the players and all of the support team.
‘If you don’t get the win, even though you’ve done so many things right, that can breed a little bit of doubt.
‘Of course there would be a different feel externally, so the next four, five days would be a little less comfortable for people.’
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