England boss Roy Hodgson has insisted on “Fort Knox-style” security at their training base in Chantilly.
The Sun today claim, in a similar article to one they published on May 17, that Hodgson is so concerned about rivals spying on his sessions that he has asked for a seven-foot tall fence all the way around their training base.
England will also not train at the stadium the night before games, instead Hodgson will now take final sessions at their training base to stop their opponents picking up any pointers.
Hodgson believes that his side’s World Cup opener back in 2014 was wrecked by Italy watching their final training session in Manaus. The England coach is convinced that Cesare Prandelli’s staff picked up crucial pointers on the Three Lions’ tactical shape and set-pieces.
England lost the game 2-1 and were dumped out of the World Cup in the group stage when they were beaten by Uruguay in Sao Paulo.
Hodgson, whose contract expires after the tournament, is desperate to make sure there is no repeat in France and although the FA have stated that England deciding not to train in the match stadiums is simply a logistical decision, the 68-year-old coach has insisted his men are not spied on.
Hodgson, according to The Sun, has also warned Jamie Vardy he will not tolerate any distractions during the tournament over his proposed move to Arsenal. The Leicester frontman was given time off to get married last month, but once the squad meet up today Vardy will not be given any more time off.