Southgate to al­low WAGS at World Cup team hotel

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Gareth Southgate has said that Eng­land play­ers’ part­ners will be wel­come at the team hotel at next sum­mer’s World Cup fi­nals, with FA of­fi­cials al­ready scout­ing train­ing bases.

The Eng­land man­ager wants his play­ers to take over an en­tire hotel to en­sure pri­vacy in Russia, but he says rel­a­tives will be al­lowed to visit at se­lected times.

Eng­land are ex­pected to con­firm qualification for the fi­nals against Slove­nia on Thurs­day and Lithua­nia next Sun­day, but plan­ning has al­ready be­gun for the tour­na­ment.

“I don’t think there’s ever been a tour­na­ment where the whole fam­ily has been in with us the whole time, but I will en­cour­age the fam­i­lies to come and the lads to see them the day after a game,” said Southgate (above). “We want that en­vi­ron­ment where the play­ers are re­laxed, otherwise it becomes a bub­ble where there’s nothing else in your life and the small things be­come big­ger than they should be.”

Southgate has a clear idea of the kind of hotel he wants if Eng­land con­firm their place in Russia. “It would be wrong not to plan,” he said. “There are some key fac­tors around dis­tance from your base to your train­ing ground. Ide­ally the hotel would just be for us be­cause it’s important for the play­ers that they can feel re­laxed.”

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