Cap­tain Harry lifts tro­phy for Eng­land – a golden teapot!

Daily Mail - - News - From Chris­tian Gysin in Repino

ENG­LAND’S cap­tain Harry Kane has struck gold in Rus­sia.

Sadly for mil­lions of foot­ball fans it’s not the one that re­ally counts.

For the Tottenham Hot­spur striker was pre­sented with a gi­ant golden Samovar teapot. As the Eng­land squad held their first train­ing ses­sion, man­ager Gareth South­gate was also treated to a tra­di­tional ‘Bread and Salt’ wel­come.

The tra­di­tion, which dates back 500 years, is that those who share them are likely to be­come friends, not en­e­mies. The bread is as­so­ci­ated with hos­pi­tal­ity and the salt with friend­ship. Young women dressed in a Sarafan and Kokoshnik pre­sented them with the gifts at the Spar­tak Ze­len­gorosk sta­dium near their Repino ho­tel base.

In con­trast to pre­vi­ous tour­na­ments in South Africa and France the open ses­sion was in­for­mal and watched by 400 lo­cal school­child­ren.

Those at­tend­ing were se­cu­rity screened and the chil­dren given ‘Three Lions’ gift bags by the FA.

The play­ers had walked out to a song by the Stone Roses called This Is The One played over the PA sys­tem.

Bread and salt: Kane and South­gate ac­cept the gifts. Left: The women in tra­di­tional dress

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