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Fifa World Cup 2018: Russians in traditional garb welcome England players

England's opening game in group G on is scheduled to take place on Monday against Tunisia

IANS  |  Zelengororsk (Russia) 

(Photo: @HKane twitter)
(Photo: @HKane twitter)

Women in traditional dresses bearing gifts of decorated local bread were among the fans who turned up at England's training grounds in Russia to greet the players on Wednesday, the eve of the competition's kick-off.

Head coach Gareth Southgate and captain looked grateful, if a little curious, when the team gathered round to receive the gifts, including what appeared to be an elaborate gold trophy, at the Spartak Zelenogorsk training field in Repino, near St. Petersburg, an epa-efe photojournalist at the grounds reported, reports Efe.
 

"Thanks to the 400 locals who attended today's training session in Zelenogorsk," the England team wrote on its official Twitter, sharing a selection of photographs showing some of England's star players interacting with and signing autographs for the fans.

England's opening game in group G on is scheduled to take place on Monday against Tunisia.

 

First Published: Wed, June 13 2018. 21:48 IST