England Forced to Switch Training Venue After Stomach Virus at St George's Park

Ian RodgersWorld Football Staff WriterNovember 11, 2013

BURTON, ENGLAND - JULY 10:  In this handout image provided by The FA, A general view an indoor training facility during a media event at the Football Association's new National Football Centre, St George's Park on July 10, 2012 in Burton, England. (Photo by Paul Thomas - The FA/The FA via Getty Images)
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The Football Association has switched the venue for England's training sessions after a number of weekend visitors to St George's Park suffered a stomach virus, according to a statement on the official FA website, theFA.com.

The FA has also moved the England Under-21 side to new accommodation away from the training facility as a precautionary measure, although no member of the squad and backroom staff has complained of feeling unwell, as the FA statement said:

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.

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

However, as a precautionary measure, the Under-21s are moving hotels and the England senior team will now not meet at St. George's Park on Tuesday. Alternative accommodation and training arrangements have been made for both teams.

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.

The senior England team are meeting in preparation for the forthcoming friendly matches against Chile and Germany as manager Roy Hodgson begins his preparations for the 2014 World Cup finals in Brazil.

England qualified for the tournament last month with victories over Montenegro and Poland in their final qualification matches, ensuring the team finished ahead of Ukraine in their group.

Hodgson has called up Southampton pair Adam Lallana and Jay Rodriguez to join club-mate Rickie Lambert in the squad for the friendly matches.

Liverpool midfielder Jordan Henderson will also return to the international squad after impressing for the Anfield club in the Premier League season. Reds defender Glen Johnson will also be with the England squad after injury.

Germany coach Joachim Low has included Arsenal pair Mesut Ozil and Per Mertesacker in his squad for the game at Wembley, while Chelsea forward Andre Schurrle is also in contention to play, as TheFA.com reported.

The England Under-21 squad are preparing for their European Championship ties against Finland on Thursday and against San Marino on Nov. 19.