Staffordshire University sports journalism students were given an exclusive behind-the-scenes tour of an England training camp at St George’s Park, Burton.
After an invitation from the Football Association, students watched the England senior squad train for an hour, as the likes of Wayne Rooney, Raheem Sterling and Theo Walcott were put through their paces.
Head coach Roy Hodgson was preparing his men for the upcoming European Qualifier against Slovenia at home on Saturday and for an away friendly game against Scotland at Celtic Park next Tuesday.
At 11am the men’s senior squad, along with under-21s, u-20s, u-19s and blind squads, held a two-minute silence on the elite pitch to mark Armistice Day and honour those who made the ultimate sacrifice.
The Staffordshire students were then treated to a tour by FA media officer Peter Maxwell.
Students viewed the vast resources available to the players including the injury rehabilitation centre, futsal court and library of football history.
The indoor pitch is used for a number of events including futsal and matches for the partially sighted.
The state of the art 3G artificial pitch was recently visited by Barcelona during their pre-season training and is frequently used by Burton Albion.
Sports Journalism course leader Mitch Pryce said: “It was a privilege to be invited by the FA to tour the facilities – particularly at such a busy time when England are in full training.
“We have been placing graduates in sports journalism jobs for nearly a decade now – and for current students to network with the national media was a great experience for them.
“With St George’s Park just half an hour’s drive away from campus, we hope this will be the start of closer collaboration with the FA, where several of our former students now work.”