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Lions arrive in China
« on: January 23, 2007, 11:02:29 AM »
Hope Powell's England squad have arrived in Guangzhou ahead of the Four Nations Tournament, as the build-up to the FIFA Women's World Cup begins in earnest.

After an eleven hour flight from London Heathrow to Hong Kong Airport on Sunday evening, the players, and thankfully, the kit all arrived at Guangzhou Airport at 10pm local time last night.

After a supper which included options as diverse as fish soup, cantonese pork, chips, rice and cattle jaws, the players retired for a well earned sleep, with for many, the stadium visible from their bedroom windows.

The 60,000 seater stadium was built six years ago for the China Games and towers high into the sky, complete with a huge concrete canopy adjoined to the hotel where England, the USA and Germany will all stay for the duration of the tournament.

Tucked well away from the hustle and bustle of the city, The Three Lions had their first training session at the complex this afternoon, followed avidly by the state owned China National Television network who have a national broadcast reach of 1.3 billion people.

Whilst not a venue for the World Cup in September, Gaungzhou has hosted this annual tournament since 1998 and there is great anticipation amongst the England players as to the size of crowd that may see them open the tournament against China on Thursday lunchtime.

Guangzhou dates back to the third century BC, becoming China's first sea port. The city straddles the Pearl River which links it to the South China Sea and boasts a population of over seven million people.

A team meeting later this evening will set out the objectives for the week ahead and will bring you all the build-up to the first game as well as some first impressions from the camp.