England training session boosted by Gareth Southgate appearance

England’s encounter earlier this week was boosted by the guest appearance of national football manager Gareth Southgate.

Shaun Wane’s side met for the first time this year on Monday in preparation for the Rugby World Cup.

England were forced to cancel their scheduled first session of the year earlier in March due to an injury crisis. The training session was to be held at Headingley Stadium in Leeds.

However, the team managed to meet earlier this week in Manchester at a hotel.

St Helens winger Tommy Makinson was one of the players present. The 30-year-old has been included in Wane’s first Training Squad of the Year announced earlier in March.

Makinson on Gareth Southgate and England

“We were together on Monday night and it was fantastic,” Makinson said.

“We didn’t have a session, but we had a small meeting. It was brilliant.

“Obviously it was managed by Shaun Wane and Gareth Southgate came in, the England national team manager. It was fantastic. We talked about everything at the end of the year, the preparations for the England, the football team and the future of our preparations. It was really good.

“I think all the guys getting together whenever we can is class. We have so many good players in this country and in Australia too. She looks exciting. We know we have that mid-season test as well.

“I keep saying it, but it’s a really exciting time to be an English boy at the minute. There are so many good players coming in and so many people pushing each other and we also know what the end goal is.

“But everyone is focused on the form of their club because at the end of the day playing for your club will get you chosen for England.”

Before the tournament, England will face the Combined Nations All Stars later this year in June before a test against Fiji in Rochdale.

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