TheFA.com's Nicholas Veevers blogs from the England U20s camp in Turkey
By Nicholas Veevers
We’re now approaching a full week of training and acclimatisation in Turkey and a real sense of what is in store is beginning to develop.
The squad have been based just outside of Antalya at the Titanic Hotel Deluxe in Belek since last Wednesday for some hard work on the training ground and a useful warm-up match with Uruguay.
The group move again on Wednesday when we transfer to the Rixos Hotel on Antalya seafront, which is the FIFA hotel for this region and where all four teams in our group will be based.
This is when the players will start to feel the real World Cup fever, with more attention focused on them in training and just around the hotel in general with the competition kicking-off on Friday.
The squad had a visit from FIFA on Tuesday for the official welcome, accreditation photographs and a presentation on both doping and referees.
This was fitted in between two training sessions in the morning and early evening after a quieter day on Monday.
Following Sunday’s match, the squad were treated to a Turkish barbecue at the hotel and after a recovery session on Monday morning, were given the rest of the day to relax.
Some players opted for a round of golf, others went to the nearby beach and some even hired out the distinctive two-wheeled Segway bikes to cruise around the complex.
It was a well-deserved break for the squad, who have been hard at work in training over the last week and on two separate training camps before that.
The match with Uruguay was encouraging for Peter Taylor and his staff, including Coach Observer Ugo Ehiogu, who arrived late on Saturday.
A 3-0 win against the South American champions is impressive, but as Taylor was quick to point out, it’s only a warm-up and the real action starts next Sunday against Iraq.
The Three Lions deserved to win the game, although the scoreline did perhaps flatter England with Uruguay failing to take their chances and giving away two sloppy goals.
And a couple of the performances from his players will have planted a marker in Taylor’s thoughts as the start of the competition looms large on the horizon.
For now though, it’s still the calm before the storm as England get back to their own preparations for the World Cup.
We have also been joined by FATV here now and you may have already seen some of the content provided.
And there was an extensive Twitter chat with Connor Ripley earlier, as well as a 'cross-bar challenge' after training, which will both yield interesting video features.
It may come as no surprise to know who won the cross-bar challenge either, given some certain training ground events earlier in the week...
So remember to keep tabs on how it’s going in Turkey right here or via the @FA Twitter feed.