England may have been drawn in a favourable group for this summer’s World Cup but the fact Russia spans a greater land mass than any other country on the planet means plane journeys could put them in a daze.
From the team’s base in the Repino area of St Petersburg near the border with Finland, they will fly to Volgograd for their first match of Group G against Tunisia on 18 June.
A single trip that will see them travel further than Tunisia and fellow Group G opponents Panama will travel for the entire group stage.
England manager Gareth Southgate’s decision to set up camp in the northern town of Repino – made before the fixtures were made in December – looks questionable, with his side now facing a 6,542 km tour of Russia in the first round alone.
That’s 1,253 km further than the average round trip, and the 11th-longest that any team will face.
Meanwhile, with England and Belgium firmly expected to progress from Group G. Unfancied Panama and Tunisia may have a telling advantage to overcome the odds by travelling the third and fourth shortest distances to travel of all 32 nations competing in Russia.
They play Costa Rica in their final warm-up friendly on Thursday night at Elland Road before jetting to Russia.
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