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David James and Sven-Goran Eriksson share a joke
The man with the big hands jokes with the gaffer
Find out about life with the England team from FA Web editor Dan Freedman.

I report on everything that happens with the squad - their training, all the matches and, of course, all the big tournaments.

I get to see what happens behind the scenes and how the players prepare for such big games.

I travel with them everywhere, and because they travel so much, most of the players have sorted out their favourite ways to pass the time.

All the headphones will come out on the plane or bus - most have a personal DVD too.

Footballers have got an unbelievable variety of taste in music.

Some of the players are big Elvis fans
Step on those Blue Suede football boots

It's anything from Elvis to Marvin Gaye.

When players go to the masseur or physio music actually plays a big role in relaxing.

Marvin Gaye is the favourite down there in the physio's room!

Everything about being in the squad is centred around feeling relaxed.

Sven doesn't want anybody to feel like prisoners. He treats the players like adults - and they respect that.

The belief is that people will perform when they aren't feeling too much pressure and are in a relaxed environment.

At meal times players will either come down and catch up around the table or just go back to their rooms to chill.




England camp
Let your hair down!
Happy families
Matchday magic

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Players from the same club will often sit next to each other on the bus
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Dan Freedman
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