Jack Wilshere is confident England’s detailed preparations will help them deal with the suffocating conditions in Saturday’s World Cup opener against Italy.
Roy Hodgson’s squad had their first full training session in the baking Rio heat yesterday.
On Thursday, England will travel to Manaus where they will begin their World Cup campaign against Italy 48 hours later.
Temperatures are expected to exceed 30 degrees Celsius and humidity levels will surpass 70 per cent, according to forecasts.
To help them deal with the intense heat, England will install giant turbine fans in their dressing room.
“We have cooling systems in the dressing room, “ said Arsenal midfielder Wilshere. “It’s like a fan and cold water comes out. I’m not sure what it is, but it’s good. I’ve never seen it before.
“We went on tour in Malaysia and you were struggling for air. It’s different heat in Malaysia; it is hot over there but the humidity was over 90 per cent and in Manaus it will be around 75. “We’re prepared for it, myself and as a team.”
Hodgson and his vast staff have done everything they can to get the players fit for the match.
Exercise bike sessions in saunas, training in multiple layers in Portugal, Florida and now here in Brazil, have helped the squad prepare well.
All of these things should make Manaus more bearable for Hodgson’s men, who will take malaria tablets today ahead of the trip to the jungle.
“I don’t think Manaus (causes any fears)” Wilshere said. “Maybe before when we saw the draw (they did), but now we’ve prepared. We trained hard in Portugal, we trained with the extra layers, we went to Miami and stepped it up a little bit.
“Now we are feeling really good and we’ve got things in place – like the cooling systems in the dressing room – which is going to help us and we’re fully prepared.”
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