World Cup player watch: Kane’s boots on fire and Courtois shoots some hoops
The latest on what the players at the World Cup have been up to in their downtime as the third round of group games gets under way.
After a day of unexpected highs in Nizhny Novgorod, it was time to chill out for England’s players back at their base in Repino.
But, sadly, the popular unicorn inflatables of last week didn’t get a look in this time around.
Jordan Pickford was perhaps so relaxed that he fell asleep on his phone. For England fans, there was only ever going to be one response.
There was no day off for England kitman Pat Frost, who had the task of cleaning Harry Kane’s boots…except they were “still too hot to hold”.
Just gone to clean this little sucker ....it's going to have to wait...it's still too hot to hold ⚽️⚽️⚽️⚽️⚽️😍 pic.twitter.com/ZhHXOMgXbv— Pat Frost (@KitmanPat) June 25, 2018
Like England, Belgium had a great weekend with a 5-2 win over Tunisia, setting up a battle for top spot in Group G on Thursday.
Chelsea goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois took some time out to shoot a few hoops – and came up with this stunner of a half-court shot.
Things were a lot less restful for Portugal’s players, with footage posted online showing Iran fans with vuvuzelas late in to the night ahead of their crunch final group game with Iran.
ساعاتی پیش (یکشنبه شب) هواداران ایران با تجمع در کنار هتل محل اقامت تیم ملی پرتغال به کری خوانی و تشویق #تیم_ملی ایران پرداختند.— BBC NEWS فارسی (@bbcpersian) June 24, 2018
آنها سعی داشتند با این کار مانع از استراحت بازیکنان تیم ملی پرتغال شوند.
در نهایت با اعتراض گروهی دیگر از هواداران ایرانی، جمعیت کمکم پراکنده شد. pic.twitter.com/BjmojIGUvP
And finally, back on the football pitch, Australia’s side could easily have been mistaken for Brazil after a dizzying training routine.
👏🏼⚽️🌏🏆😱 pic.twitter.com/4oQIv5WOzs— TIM CAHILL (@Tim_Cahill) June 25, 2018