Royal couple tour the new St. George’s Training Facility
San Francisco, CA -- (SBWIRE) -- 10/16/2012 -- Britain’s National soccer club had some high-level spectators for their hot-tubbing, of all things, as the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge were present as the team took a dip at their new training facility.
Ashley Cole, Andy Caroll, and Jermaine Defoe were among those who had the rather royal bath.
The royals were present as they took a tour of the new $120-million training grounds. They also took part in a game that tested their reaction time while present on the grounds.
Prince William had Cole, a England starting defender, feeling a bit flush as he confronted him on his recent outburst regarding the new grounds.
Cole had said that the FA was run by “a bunch of t****,” when a panel in charge of disciplinary action doubted his claim of John Terry making racially insulting remarks toward QPR’s Anton Ferdinand. William is the President of the Football Association, and decided to have some fun with the national player.
The exchange who wholly light-hearted as William spoke to Cole and the rest of the team during his visit. All while the media buzzed around them as one would expect.
William praised the St. George’s Park as “beyond compare”, adding, “It gave me the same feeling I had when I first visited Olympic Park.”
“St George’s Park and the concept that underpins it is something totally new,” Williams said. “It will be far more than a world-class training facility for our future world-beating national team.”
William also joked, “I want to say ‘Thank God for Harry, England, and St. George’ but I don’t want to lower the tone by bringing my brother into it.”
The FA has played down the hopes of many that England will win the World Cup in 2014. It stated that the benefits of the facility should be seen as more than simply raising short-term expectations, and should be seen as a chance to improve players “for a decade and or more.”
Chairman Bernstain said the complex met the visions set forth by the association.
“St George’s Park now sits alongside Wembley Stadium as the most inspiring homes for English football.”
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