England's squad have attended a welcome reception near their Euro 2012 base in Krakow, walking among huge crowds in the city's main square.
Roy Hodgson's squad made their way through hundreds of fans, tourists, police and media to reach the mayoral reception.
are making a conscious effort to be seen as engaged with their hosts,
after receiving heavy criticism over the team's isolated base in
Rustenburg at the World Cup in South Africa two years ago.
The tactic could pose problems,
however. The city’s deputy mayor has warned that the noise — and the
attention of young Polish women — could be a problem.
Their city-centre base is a world away from the isolation of Rustenburg; far more appealing and far more pleasant.
That said, players who prefer a bit
of peace might be disturbed by the dozens of bars and restaurants as
well as an hourly bugle call.
England open their Euro 2012 account in
Donetsk against France on Monday and will hope to have a fully fit squad
to choose from.