Virus outbreak at England headquarters

Both Roy Hodgson's Three Lions and the Under-21s will stay and train at another venue as a precautionary measure after a number of visitors to St. George's Park fell ill
The England senior side and Under-21 squad have both been forced to move accommodation and training facilities following an outbreak of a suspected stomach virus at St. George’s Park.

The Under-21s have been training at the national facility since Sunday but the FA have confirmed that no players have caught the suspected illness.

The senior squad were due to meet at the Staffordshire-based centre on Tuesday, but they will instead stay and train at another venue.

An FA statement said: “The FA has been advised of a suspected stomach virus that has been discovered on site at St. George's Park and affected a small number of visitors over the weekend.

“To date, the England Under-21 squad has not experienced any symptoms related to the virus. They have been on site since Sunday.

“However, as a precautionary measure, the Under-21s are moving hotels and the England senior team will now not meet at St. George's Park on Tuesday. Alternative accommodation and training arrangements have been made for both teams.

“This is an elite athlete precaution for the two senior teams. Normal operations continue for the SGP and hotel staff, customers and the public.”

The senior side face Chile and Germany in friendlies on Friday and Tuesday respectively, while the Under-21s host Finland and San Marino in European Championship qualifiers.