With a free day to use at their leisure in Poland, a number of the England Under-21s squad chose to visit the site of the former Nazi concentration camp at Auschwitz-Birkenau.
The Young Lions were joined by head coach Aidy Boothroyd and staff members for the trip, leaving their base in Krakow on Saturday morning until mid-afternoon.
And captain James Ward-Prowse revealed it was a trip that many of the players had wanted to make once they knew there was a football-free day for them to take the opportunity.
It puts things into perspective and I’m pleased that a lot of the lads wanted to go- Aidy Boothroyd
“It’s something that I’ve wanted to do for a long while and I think a few of the other lads felt the same as well,” said the Southampton midfielder.
“So it was something we raised when we knew that we had some free time between games that we’d like to do, come and visit Auschwitz to pay our respects to those who sadly lost their lives.
“It was moving and a very humbling experience for all of us.
“It’s obviously a tragic thing that happened and it’s been an experience for us to come and see what went on and where it happened.
“It’s good to be able to use some of our time in Poland to come and see it.”