Captain Harry lifts trophy for England – a golden teapot!
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