Some footballers can be accused of living in a bubble, shielded from the public by their vast wealth. That cannot be said of the Germany squad, as Joachim Low’s players stunned London commuters by riding the Tube to Wembley.
Germany are in the capital to face England in a friendly on Tuesday and they practised on the famous pitch on Monday.
But rather than making the trip to Wembley in the luxury of an air-conditioned coach, Low and his players jumped on the Underground.
Stunned passengers, including Parmjit Dhanda, interacted with players and staff, and were quick to relay their experiences on Twitter:
Meet Joachim Lowe, Germany manager and his team on the tube to Wembley. I asked him not to beat us on penalties! pic.twitter.com/tuWtEY6i25— Parmjit Dhanda (@ParmjitDhanda) November 18, 2013
Sheridan Bird was another Twitter user to post a pic of the Germany squad relaxing on their journey through London.
Try to get a seat on the tube, but the Germany football team have taken all the space. Rush hour https://t.co/BhRD8YCdXV— Sheridan Bird (@SheridanBird) November 18, 2013
James Marshall was also quick to pull out his phone and capture Low and his men on their ride to Wembley.
England boss Roy Hodgson was caught out on a Tube journey last year when speaking about Rio Ferdinand to members of the public, reported the Daily Mail's Matt Lawton. It’s unlikely Low was as candid on his trip.