England having to prepare for dramatic conditions at World Cup

England players have gone through strict fitness tests as they brace themselves for a major temperature change in Russia.

Gareth Southgate’s men training base in Repino, St Petersburg, is up to 20 DEGREES cooler than Volgograd where they play their first game with Tunisia on June 18.

Football Association chiefs are confident the temperatures will not be a major issue but on Tuesday it was 11 degrees in St Petersburg and a scorching 29 degrees in Volgograd, approximately 1,000 miles from the England training base.

St Petersburg is cooler than Moscow but England boss Southgate wanted to base the squad in a quieter place to avoid traffic and travelling chaos.

Nigeria are based in Sochi and have been warned about the cooler conditions in St Petersburg.

England’s players were put through their paces last week in a set of tests to ensure they are ready for the tournament.

But one of the biggest issues will be about the vast different temperatures between the cities.

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