An footage released today shows the England squad training with the Royal Marines. England boss Gareth Southgate whisked the team away last year for a weekend roughing it in the woods with battle-hardened Commandos.
The incredible 48 hours has been credited for forging a new sense of togetherness that has carried England’s history boys to their first World Cup semi-final in a generation.
Southgate, 47, revealed how he stripped his squad of their phones for TWO days and forced them to wear fatigues during the training weekend in June.
The young team were put through their paces by elite Marine PT instructors helping to bond the squad.
Southgate said: “I wanted everyone to get to know each other better.
“They all wore Royal Marine uniform so there was no hierarchy.
“We all camped together and no one had a better tent than anyone else.”
Gareth told of how Harry Kane, Raheem Sterling and Co became “emotional” at having shared the same experiences as the battle-hardened troops.
He said: “We had some really powerful conversations with the Marines. “And what it meant for those guys to represent Queen and country. “It was emotional. “And so there was an incredible bond between the team in such a short space of time.”
Video showed the boys being put through rigorous exercises and eating rations as part of the leadership test.
Gareth Southgate’s men take on Croatia at 7pm in an epic semi-final clash.