There is some brief respite at hand following success in Porto.
Chelsea’s Champions League winning trio Reece James, Mason Mount and Ben Chilwell have been told to take about five days off before joining the England squad ahead of Euro 2020.
National team manager Gareth Southgate is keen for the players who were involved in Porto last night to get some brief respite ahead of the tournament. Manchester City’s John Stones, who Mount made a beeline for at full time to offer comfort, along with Kyle Walker and Raheem Sterling have also been told to take a breather.
It means they will not be involved in the friendly against Austria in Middlesbrough on Wednesday night but could play against Romania at the Riverside Stadium next Sunday.
The players have been instructed to spend some with their families ahead of a campaign in which England will play all their group games in front of a crowd of 22,000 at Wembley with hopes of a packed house if they are in the semi-finals and final.
Speaking earlier this week, Southgate said: “We’ll give them a period after their finals, similar to what we’ve done to players who finished on the last day of the Premier League. “That’s exactly how we approached it ahead of Russia, when Jordan Henderson and Trent [Alexander-Arnold] came in late for that.
“When we’ve talked with the players about their experience in the past, a break with their families was preferable to going away somewhere with the team. We think that’s invaluable time given our aim is to be here for nine games including friendlies and that’s going to be a period of time from start of the tournament onwards, there’s a fair chance we won’t be able to see families. “We want to get that first part right, get everybody psychologically fresh so it does affect who we can play in the first two friendlies.
“We’ve got to make sure physically we get the players in the right mode, we can’t overplay the players we’ve got in those friendlies and we’ve got players who might only be ready for 45 minutes in certain games or perhaps a little bit longer. All those things we’ve got to thread together but those players will report back later.”
Asked how many days that rest period will be, Southgate added: “It’s probably not be exactly a week. It’ll be five days depending on the slightly different periodisation for the games and when they need to report.”
Most of the extended England squad reported for duty yesterday and Southgate will name his final 26-man group for the tournament on Tuesday.