England’s Reiss Nelson hails hot bath tactic
England under-21 winger Reiss Nelson has revealed hot baths are the key to the player’s peak physical condition at Euro 2019.
England youth coaches told the youngsters to bathe in hot water during their time off over the summer to acclimatise to the difficult conditions.
“When we had our three days off during the training camp we were told to take hot baths each day and go in the sauna as it would be good preparation for the Euros,” said Nelson.
“That has helped a lot of the boys. That's the first time I've been told to do that. Normally you are told to adapt when you get out here - train hard and then it will get easier when you get out here - but the hot bath methods were the first time I'd tried that.
“I was on holiday so I used the Jacuzzi to relax and it was cool. I went to Greece with my partner for a couple of days.
“In Germany the weather is all over the place. When I got there, it was snowing and in June it was really hot.
“I played in all different kinds of temperatures there and when it gets really hot I find it a struggle to play in.
“The pitches are really dry as well. We like to pass the ball about and there can be a lot of bobbles on the pitch. You've got to properly rap the passes in,” he added.
Words: Jake Evans