England's World Cup Soccer squad arrived at Mexico City airport on Monday (May 4) after a fourteen-and-a-half four flight from London.
England's World Cup Soccer squad arrived at Mexico City airport on Monday (May 4) after a fourteen-and-a-half four flight from London. The 27 players were met by about 100 Mexican fans and about 200 Mexican and foreign journalists.
In a brief airport press conference England's manager Sir Alf Ramsey was asked whether he felt England would retain the Jules Rimet World Cup championship. "I have never said that", he told reporters "but I can assure you that England will be the hardest team to beat in the tournament."
Before leaving England, Sir Alf said that he thought that only when the squad had completed their month's acclimatisation would he have a clearer idea of the team's prospects. He said that team spirit as well as tactics and ability were required for England's success in the competition.
After a brief reception at the airport, the entire party boarded the special bus they will use throughout their stay in Mexico to go to the Parc de Princes Hotel on the outskirts of the city.
The team will practice in the Reforma Club, a British club which contains twelve tennis courts, a squash court, team baths and a cricket pitch. A consignment of English-style food has been moved into their hotel to prevent their coming down with any gastric infections which might occur with a change of cuisine. The British Embassy has arranged tours of the city and film shows for the team's relaxation.
England players will stage their first full practice session on Friday; the team begin their defence of the trophy when they play against Rumania in Guadalajara on June 2.