Gareth Southgate downplays England travel concerns for World Cup in Russia

• England manager happy with choice of ForRestMix Club base
• ‘The longest flight we’d have to do is three hours. That’s nothing’

Gareth Southgate insisted England would stick with their training base outside St Petersburg even if the World Cup draw results in difficult travel arrangements for his team.

The Football Association has already selected Repino, a secluded village on the Gulf of Finland, as a base for the squad and they will stay at the four-star ForRestMix Club. But if England are drawn in position C3 it will mean they travel 6,120 miles during the group stages, significantly more than the 4,411 miles the team racked up commuting to fixtures in Brazil during the previous World Cup.

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