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England's Euro 2012 basecamp 'completely different' to previous tournaments, says Neville

England's Euro 2012 basecamp 'completely different' to previous tournaments, says Neville

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The national team's newly-appointed coach believes the squad's ability to mix with the locals and relax during games will aid their progression in the tournament

England coach Gary Neville believes the squad's basecamp for Euro 2012 is "completely different" to those the players have experienced before, as the Football Association has learned from mistakes made in previous tournaments.

Six years ago, at the 2006 World Cup in Germany,  the players' wives and girlfriends were perceived by many to have provided a distraction which contributed to their quarter-final exit.

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And, the decision to base the team in the accessible Krakow for Euro 2012 has drawn parallels with the set-up that was arranged in Germany but the 37-year-old is adamant that lessons have been learned from previous experiences.

"That won't happen again, the FA learned from the experience in 2006. The England team did. The England players did. That wasn't ideal for anybody," he told reporters.

"It was symptomatic of the times. Between 2002 and 2007 everyone got carried away with everything in life.

"It is a different world now and those mistakes won't happen again under any manager or any regime. The platform won't be given.

"We are managing it this time in a completely different way. We are here to play football. We are here to work."

After the experience of 2006, the response for World Cup 2010 in South Africa was to shut the players away in the remote town of Rustenberg.

However, that decision backfired with the players complaining of boredom and performing poorly on the pitch before a second-round exit at the hands of rivals Germany.

In Krakow the team will be located in the centre of the city and Neville believes giving the squad a sense of freedom will provide normality and help improve performance levels.

He added: "Players would not pen themselves into a countryside location between a Saturday and Tuesday game for their clubs.

"That is the big message, to have players doing what they would normally do.

"You can never replicate the home environment but in terms of being free to go for a coffee or to the shops - we should embrace it, even though it has never been done before."

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