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August Training Camp Round-Up

Harry Ash (yellow) and Liam Burbridge (blue) - Image: Jake Kirkman

Across the weekend, the England national team returned to Cheshire for their penultimate training camp before they head to Warsaw for the Amp Futbol Cup.

With Scott Rogers having officially been at the helm for six months, it was a camp that saw him, and his staff implement new styles of play and formations.

Friday night kicked off with competitive rondos and ball retention drills to get the adrenaline pumping, before Rogers’ new right-hand man, Mark Dolan intervened with a drill based around transitioning defence into attack.

However, the highlight of the evening was the return of Sean Jackson as he made it to the field, albeit training independently. Jackson spent the evening alongside national team sports rehabilitator, Niall Hogan having spent almost a year on the sidelines.

Niall Hogan observes Sean Jackson as he continues his recovery - Image: Jake Kirkman

Jackson said: “I’m feeling very proud, it’s been seven months since I last put on a boot and it just feels really good to finally have a ball at my feet.

“I will continue to train and take things one day at a time to make sure I have every chance of returning to the squad in the best condition I can be.”

Having refuelled and recovered at the team hotel, Saturday observed an intense session while the weather couldn’t make its mind up.

Meanwhile, that wasn’t going to halt any preparations, with standout strikes from Michael Masters and Jamie Tregaskiss producing Puskas-worthy goals during a 7v7 training game.

The weekend came to a close on Sunday with small-sided games to test individual decision-making under pressure – a critical asset to have ahead of any tournament.

Rogers’ side will come together again this weekend (1st – 3rd September) at the Home of Amputee Football for their final camp ahead of Poland next month.


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