Express – England will take biggest ever support staff to Brazil

May 16, 2014

Much has already been made of the appointment of Dr Steve Peters as the first ever psychiatrist to join the squad.

Hodgson brought him in from Liverpool after hearing about his outstanding successes with Team GB cyclists and snooker player Ronnie O’Sullivan as well as getting a personal endorsement from captain Steven Gerrard.

This summer the back-room boys will also be boosted by the arrival of nutritionist James Collins, on secondment from Arsenal.

Although for many years England have always travelled to tournaments with their own chef in tow, it is the first time they have specifically enlisted an expert in what to put in the stomachs England’s army hope to march on.

The new arrivals will complement Hodgson’s more visible on-pitch lieutenants in assistant Ray Lewington, coach Gary Neville and goalkeeper coach Dave Watson, a former Under-21 international who worked with both Joe Hart and Ben Foster at Birmingham before moving on to Norwich.

Team doctor Ian Beasley, physio Gary Lewin and two fitness coaches, Chris Neville and Tony Strudwick, complete the core team of support staff.

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