England squad forced away from training base after virus scare

England’s preparation for the forthcoming friendlies with Chile and Germany has been disrupted after a stomach virus outbreak at their training headquarters, ESPN has reported.

Roy Hodgson’s squad has had to cancel plans to train at their St. George’s Park base after a number of guests at the on-site hotel were struck ill. The England Under-21 squad was already at the complex and have also moved elsewhere before their Euro 2015 qualifying matches against Finland and San Marino.

An FA statement stressed however that it was a precautionary measure to ensure the health of the players and not anything the public or other guests at the National Football Centre in Burton-on-Trent should be concerned about.

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,” the statement added.

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

This is an elite athlete precaution for the two senior teams. Normal operations continue for the SGP and hotel staff, customers and the public. To reiterate, these proactive steps have been taken by The FA as a precautionary measure.

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