England stars escape sweltering 33C heat for an indoor training session that includes some BASKETBALL and weights

IT’S the hoop that gets you…

England switched training from a 33C cauldron outdoors in Doha to a cool court indoors as they prepared for Monday’s World Cup opener against Iran in Doha with a spot of basketball.

GettyDeclan Rice shows the focus needed on the football field as he lines up this effort on the basketball court at the Al Wakrah Stadium[/caption]

GettyFor once Trent Alexander-Arnold tries not to step on it in training[/caption]

GettyJack Grealish takes centre stage but has plenty of work to do to earn a starting spot for Gareth Southgate’s Three Lions in Qatar[/caption]

GettyKieran Trippier hopes to muscle into the team for the opener vs Iran[/caption]

The Three Lions’ hopes of finally emulating their 1966 triumph will be slam sunk, morale wise, if they fail to win that Group B clash.

But boss Gareth Southgate took the heat off his squad by adjusting to the sweltering conditions.

England players toiled in the Thursday morning sun before varying their routine with a move inside at the Al Wakrah Stadium.

The Three Lions swapped sweating buckets for netting baskets, with Declan Rice showing the composure of an NBA pro as he calmly popped in some hoops.

GettyIt’s looming large for Marcus Rashford, four days before England’s first match[/caption]

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But Trent Alexander-Arnold wore the broadest smile as he jigged his way through a footwork routine.

James Maddison, however, had to skip the full session in another way – as he is nursing his knee back to full fitness.

Manchester City right-back Kyle Walker has already ruled himself out of Monday’s game as he eases back following groin surgery.

But he was comfortable enough to take part in Thursday’s training.


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And fellow defender Conor Coady insists the Three Lions are unfazed by the extreme temperatures.

The Everton hero said: “Training this morning was fantastic. It’s a different environment. We want to enjoy it – it’s a World Cup.

“We must not think about the heat or worry about it. Let’s enjoy playing in the sun – we do not get it too much at home so we must enjoy it.”

GettyMidfielder Rice looks just as comfortable with the ball in his hands as at his feet[/caption]

GettyDefender Ben White and midfielder Kalvin Phillips stretch it out during the indoor phase of England’s training on Thursday[/caption]

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