England make careful plans to reduce World Cup 2022 heat risk

England make careful plans to reduce World Cup 2022 heat risk

England are banking on early exposure to Qatar’s heat standing them in good stead come Monday’s opener against Iran.

Gareth Southgate’s side have been training at 12.30pm local time at their Al Wakrah base, where temperatures have soared above 30 degrees. The approach is different from Wales, who have pushed their sessions back to 4.30pm to escape the worst of the heat.

England believe exposing players to the most severe conditions will speed up their acclimatisation. “We have to get used to the heat,” said Mason Mount. “We know we are going to sweat a lot more, so we know we have to put a lot of liquid in our bodies before or after the games. We’ve been speaking about it a lot and putting it into practice.”

The Three Lions have dodged any of the nightmare 1pm group-stage kick-offs, which are set to pose the biggest challenge in terms of heat, but Monday’s opener against Iran is scheduled for 4pm local time, when temperatures will still be in the high 20s before cooling as the evening goes on.

England Training Session for FIFA World Cup 2022 Qatar | 18th November 2022

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The Khalifa International Stadium, which will stage Monday’s game, has air-conditioning, though it is thought fans in the stands will benefit more than players on the pitch. Should temperatures pitchside hit 32 degrees, referees can pause the match for water breaks.

England have recent experience dealing with extreme heat, having beaten Croatia at Euro 2020 on a day when temperatures at Wembley were close to 30 degrees.