England’s players jumped back aboard their inflatable unicorns in a hilarious repeat of the fun and games from the 2018 World Cup, having returned to training after beating Ukraine 4-0 yesterday.
The zany floats made a welcome return for the Three Lions as they looked to wind down following their emphatic quarter-final victory – and the likes of Mason Mount and Bukayo Saka were seen in high spirits.
Arsenal wonderkid Saka left supporters in stitches, with one particular shot showing him leaping into the water on top of the inflatable, while team-mate Mount took the time out to smile for the camera.
England brought back the inflatable unicorns for their recovery session in the swimming pool
Mason Mount and his team-mates were all in high spirits after the 4-0 victory against Ukraine
The iconic inflatables were first used during England’s camp in Russia for the 2018 World Cup
The colourful unicorns made their first appearance three years ago in Russia, and were brought out to comical effect when Gareth Southgate’s stars looked to recuperate in the pool.
In scenes that brought a smile to the face of every fan, the squad raced across the width of the water and splashed about, all the while recovering from their exertions at the tournament.
That run saw England reach the semi-finals, and they will look to go one better this year by beating Denmark and reaching Wembley for the chance of lifting their first trophy since 1966.
Jadon Sancho, who started the quarter-final tie, smiled for the camera atop one of the floats
Declan Rice and his close friend Mount were spotted beaming away as they splashed around
Midfielder Rice looked to leap into the water and tackle an inflatable shark to comical effect
And today, fresh from their heroics in Rome, the current crop of players showed off their playful side through the light-hearted activities – which also included volleyball and a stretching session in the gym.
Midfielder Declan Rice, who has started all five games so far this summer, jumped into the pool and on top of an inflatable shark, which he even appeared to tackle and thrash about to the amusement of Mount.
Jack Grealish was one of those who took part in the round of volleyball, although he opted to use his head rather than his hands, with Marcus Rashford – who came on as a substitute against Ukraine – also joining in.
Rice was then seen thrashing around the shark while a host of team-mates looked on laughing
Jack Grealish took part in a game of volleyball as the Three Lions looked to wind down today
Marcus Rashford also threw around the ball and was another player seen enjoying themselves
The squad have notably looked ready and refreshed at the showpiece as they target silverware on home soil, and the more amusing drills they have been put through have led to the team bonding.
They have often taken to the pool at St George’s Park to prepare for their next fixtures, and were spotted enjoying another splash using inflatable killer whales – although the unicorns were nowhere to be seen.
Rashford and Sancho, who are soon to be team-mates at Manchester United, played around on the floats with Saka, with Sancho taking a ride atop one of the floats as the trio shared a laugh.
Players have also been able to practice their darts skills, while Reece James, and James were crowned the champions of a squat-jumping competition, having posed with championship belts.
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The light-hearted sessions at St George’s Park saw England also bring out inflatable whales
Rice and his team-mates have been able to practice their darts skills during their downtime
Saka (left), Rashford (centre) and Reece James were the winners of a squad-jumping contest