England’s Gary Cahill not concerned with heat

England's Gary Cahill
England's Gary Cahill

After three punishing weeks of gruelling preparation, Gary Cahill thinks England are in perfect condition to deal with the sweltering climate of Manaus.

The latest forecast predicts temperatures will rise to over 30 degrees Celsius on Saturday when England begin their World Cup campaign in the Amazon.

As soon as England were drawn to play in the jungle city, the Football Association made plans to ensure the squad would be ready to deal with the heat.

“It’s hard for English players. We’re not used to this climate, but we’ve done the heat chambers, we’ve done the extra layers of clothing, so we’ve done all we possibly can going into the game.

“After the Honduras match (in Miami), I felt good. I felt good in the game. It was pleasing to know mentally that you can deal with it.”