Under-21s train in Nauplia
Sunday, 06 September, 2009
Stuart Pearce arrives at the U21s camp in Greece for their first session
Following their short flight from Macedonia, England Under-21s arrived in a very warm Greece on Saturday night, just in time to watch the Senior Team beat Slovenia 2-1.
On the bench at Wembley was their coach, Stuart Pearce, who headed directly to Heathrow following the match and arrived at the Under-21s base on the outskirts of the town of Nauplia early on Sunday morning.
Only a few short hours later, the team, with Pearce, headed out for their first training session before their second UEFA European Under-21s Championship qualifier against Greece, who currently lead Group Nine.
It was a hot one at the Three Lions training pitch in Nauplia, with the imposing Castle of Palamidi on the hilltop above. 17 members of the 20-man squad trained, including goalkeeper Alex McCarthy, who travel over with Pearce on Saturday after featuring for his club Yeovil in their 1-0 home defeat to Swindon earlier in the afternoon.
Three players remained at the hotel, Kieran Gibbs, Lee Cattermole and Junior Stanislas, and went through a lighter session in the pool, but are expected back with the rest of the squad on Monday.
The players who were out on the pitch looked sharp, despite the temperatures, and after a few passing and possession drills, enjoyed some shooting practice. Check out the video at the top right of the page and keep an eye out for nice goals from Freddie Sears and Jack Cork.
The port town of Nauplia where the team is staying is in the Gulf of Argolis about 120km south-west of Athens. It was once a major Ottoman stronghold and was made capital of Greece in 1829 until King Otto moved the it to Athens in 1834.
England will meet their hosts Greece on Tuesday evening in the town of Tripoli, 30km west, and will play at the Asteras Tripolis Stadium, home to Greek Super League side PAE Asteras Tripolis.
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