England’s World Cup tournament has officially begun after the Three Lions touched down in St Petersburg ahead of the start of the World Cup and headed to their team hotel in nearby Repino amid an intense security presence.
Manager Gareth Southgate and captain Harry Kane emerged from the Boeing 757-23N and onto the tarmac as they prepared to pass through security at the Pulkovo International Airport.
Kane took the time to take a selfie with an airport worker near the runway as England began adjusting to their new surroundings ahead of their Group G opener on Monday evening.
Harry Kane took the time to pose for a selfie with a worker on the tarmac at the Pulkovo International Airport in St Petersburg
Gareth Southgate looked relaxed after his England team landed in Russia for what he’ll hope will be a lengthy stay
Kane departed the Boeing 757-23N plane and walked out onto the tarmac after the plane had touched down on Russian soil
Kyle Walker and Danny Welbeck (right) were among the 23-man squad touching down in Russia on Tuesday afternoonThe likes of Jamie Vardy, Danny Rose, Fabian Delph, Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Jack Butland were also spotted walking off the plane and onto Russian soil for what they hope will be an extended stay.Kane was first off the plane ahead of No 2 goalkeeper Butland having been named as England skipper by Southgate for the tournament ahead of Liverpool midfielder Jordan Henderson. England then boarded a Three Lions-branded team bus, complete with a ‘Send Us Victorious’ slogan across the window in reference to the God Save The Queen national anthem, as they headed to the hotel.Watching guard as the team walked onto the team bus were a number of armed Russian guards as England set off to their base amid increased security presence outside the airport. The England team bus arriving at Repino from Pulkovo Airport as the squad settled into their ForRestMix hotel base