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World Cup player watch: England stars go bowling and first ball’s finally kicked

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A daily look at what the tournament’s players have been getting up to in their time off the pitch.

It’s been a busy day for England, but it all started with something more important than football – as the Three Lions held a minute’s silence in training to mark the first anniversary of the Grenfell Tower disaster.

England – FIFA World Cup 2018 – Media Activity – 14th June
England players observed a minute’s silence to honour the victims of the Grenfell Tower fire, during the training session at the Spartak Zelenogorsk Stadium, Zelenogorsk (Owen Humphreys/PA)
England's Jesse Lingard bowling at Repino Cronwell Park, Repino (Owen Humphreys/PA Wire)
England’s Jesse Lingard bowling at Repino Cronwell Park, Repino (Owen Humphreys/PA Wire)
England – FIFA World Cup 2018 – Media Activity – 14th June
England’s Gary Cahill plays Darts during a media session at Repino Cronwell Park, Repino.

Here are some of the earlier results…

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Meanwhile, some sides were putting their final preparations together – such as Germany, who play on Sunday against Mexico, and Peru, who take on Denmark on Sunday.

For others, though, the sessions perhaps weren’t quite so tough.

Unsurprisingly, after all the hard yards, many of the players were clearly itching for the festival of football to begin – not least German pair Mesut Ozil and Mats Hummels.

And with the first game finally under way, Poland’s Grzegorz Krychowiak perhaps best summed up how we were all feeling.

We all have a smile because World Cup begins ? #worldcup #smile #gopoland

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