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England jet off to Germany for Euros as Three Lions bid to end 58 years of hurt

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England have flown off home soil and are headed for Germany as they eye Euro 2024 glory with their efforts beginning this Sunday against Group C opponents Serbia

Gareth Southgate is eyeing tournament glory at the fourth attempt

The England squad have jetted off to Germany as they prepare for their Euro 2024 opener on Sunday – with some words of wisdom from Prince William’s children.

The Three Lions flew off to their Golfresort Weimarer Land base from Birmingham airport off the back of a disappointing night at Wembley on Friday, where they lost to Iceland in their final warm-up outing. All eyes now though will be on their clash with Serbia in Gelsenkirchen.

Jude Bellingham, a late arrival to the squad due to his Champions League commitments with Real Madrid, hasn’t featured in either warm-up game but will be a key cog and joined up with the Three Lions before their flight to mainland Europe.

Before leaving their base at St. George’s Park in Burton, the England squad were joined by Prince William, who chatted with Southgate and handed each player their shirt before departing. He then shared some valuable advice with the assembled players, given to him by son Louis.

He said: “Guys, while I was on the way here, I was thinking what shall I say. And I thought what can I offer as you are all an experienced team here with Gareth and I was thinking what could I say to help before you went away?

“And I was on the school run this morning with the children and I said ‘what shall I say to the England team today’. The best bit of advice I got was to eat twice the amount you would normally eat. And I now have visions of all of you running around with massive tummies and getting stitches on the pitch. So I think take my youngest’s advice with a pinch of salt!”

Prince William met the England players before they left St. George’s Park and headed for Germany(Andrew Parsons / Kensington Palace)
Prince Louis had some brilliant advice for the England stars(Tim Rooke/REX/Shutterstock)

Gareth Southgate’s future beyond the Euros remains unclear but he will be hoping to further his own legacy with victory in Germany. England go in among the tournament favourites as they bid to end their 58-year wait for tournament success, which dates back to 1966.

England made the final of the last Euros, eventually losing to Italy in a penalty shootout at Wembley. In the last World Cup they were knocked in the last eight at the hands of France, who are set to be a semi-final opponent if both teams top their group and win their respective games en route to a potential final.

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