Defender speaks about the squad's preparations for World Cup.
By James Marshall in Pachuca
England U17s centre-half Sam Magri
spoke to TheFA.com about settling into life in Mexico, ahead of the FIFA Under 17 World Cup which begins this weekend.John Peacock's
squad have been in the country for over a week now, kicking-off with a training camp in Mexico City in a bid to help them acclimatise to the conditions before they headed 100km north-east to the city of Pachuca where they will be based for their first two group games.
"Mexico is a lot different to what I’m used to in England," admitted Magri.
"Adapting to the heat and the high altitude was difficult at first, but I have got used to it after a couple of training sessions and the warm-up matches
. The facilities have been brilliant at the training ground and the pitch has been in good condition, considering the temperatures in Mexico."
One of the biggest things for the players on occasions like this is trying to pass the time away from the training ground on what can turn into a long trip away from home, but the Portsmouth defender reveals that it hasn't been too bad so far with the squad being able to enjoy some downtime away from the football before Sunday's opening game comes into firm focus.
“Off the pitch has been great for me and the rest of the lads, the hotel in Mexico City was really nice and we have been playing a lot of table tennis in our spare time," he revealed.
"We have also had a quiz night and been to the cinema, which was across the road from the hotel, so there are plenty of things for us to do in our spare time.
"We head to Pachuca now and the lads are very focused and can’t wait for the opening game against Rwanda on Sunday.”
Magri, who has been an ever present in the qualifying stages for the World Cup with accomplished displays alongside captain Nathaniel Chalobah
, also discussed who he looks up to in the Senior team and his aspirations going forward with England.
“I try and watch John Terry
and Rio Ferdinand
as much as I can," he explained.
"They are fantastic footballers and play in my position. I try to study their styles and implement it into my game. Eventually my dream would be to captain my country like John and Rio.”