England’s training ahead of their World Cup opener has been hidden behind a 14ft barrier – to keep Gareth Southgate’s tactics secret.
FA chiefs had the 12ft internal fence at their base near Repino raised to 14ft and added thick green panels to deter spies before Monday’s Group G game against Tunisia.
Security cameras were already positioned all along the 6ft 7in perimeter fence.
An FA source said: “The internal fence was see-through before so we have thickened it. Now it is impossible to see anything.”
After another workout in the 45,568-seater Volgograd Arena, manager Southgate will pick his team and speak to the press.
The players will also get a chance to Facetime loved ones tomorrow to celebrate Father’s Day.
Captain Harry Kane, 24, will have a morale-boosting call with heavily pregnant fiancee Katie Goodland, while Phil Jones, 26, will be getting in touch with his wife Kaya, who welcomed their baby daughter Alaria just before he left for Russia.
He said of fatherhood: “It just gives you a different purpose in life.”
Fabian Delph, 28, has permission to fly home if wife Natalie goes into labour as she is due to give birth on June 30.
Some of the players are flying out their dads to see Monday’s game, including Spurs star Kieran Trippier, 27, who will be cheered on against Tunisia by 15 family and friends on top of around 3,000 England fans who are expected in Volgograd.
The 29C temperature forecast will favour Tunisia, the highest-ranked team in Africa.
But England are confident that their preparations in more temperate Repino have been perfect.
A source said: “This team is so young and fit, it does not matter what the weather will be like. We have to focus on making sure they are ready.”
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