Prince Louis' hilariously cheeky advice to England team before Euro 2024

Prince William has revealed the amusing guidance his son Prince Louis offered to the England squad ahead of Euro 2024.

The future king, who holds the title of FA president, made his way to St George's Park in Burton-upon-Trent this morning to extend his best wishes to the team before they jet off to Germany for the competition later today.

During his visit, William engaged in conversation with manager Gareth Southgate and presented the players with their individual squad number shirts in anticipation of their opening match against Serbia on Sunday evening.

The Prince of Wales exchanged pleasantries with Southgate, noting that in just "in a few hours" the team would be "getting ready to go" to Germany, the Mirror reports.

He also took the chance to motivate the players with a pep talk, during which he imparted the sage advice from young Louis.

Prince Louis had some amusing advice for the team -Credit:Chris Jackson/Getty Images
Prince Louis had some amusing advice for the team -Credit:Chris Jackson/Getty Images

William recounted: "Guys, while I was on the way here, I was thinking what shall I say. And I thought what can I offer as you are all an experienced team here with Gareth and I was thinking what could I say to help before you went away?

"And I was on the school run this morning with the children and I said 'what shall I say to the England team today'. The best bit of advice I got was to eat twice the amount you would normally eat.

"And I now have visions of all of you running around with massive tummies and getting stitches on the pitch. So I think take my youngest's advice with a pinch of salt! ".

When quizzed about Louis' advice to double food intake for the tournament, England skipper Harry Kane quipped: "I don't think our nutritionist will be happy with that advice."

He expressed that it's 'great' having the Prince of Wales around and that his unexpected visit will provide the squad with "extra motivation".

Speaking about the upcoming competition, he remarked there's "one more job to do" to progress "one more step from last year".

He added: "We know how much it means to the country and the fans. The nation comes together at this moment."

Youngsters from across the Midlands were also welcomed to St George's Park today for a football festival, which included friendly games as part of England's farewell.

The prince, alongside Southgate, popped in to watch the matches and engage with some of the participating children.

William with England manager Gareth Southgate -Credit: Andrew Parsons / Kensington Palace
William with England manager Gareth Southgate -Credit: Andrew Parsons / Kensington Palace

William, an ardent Aston Villa supporter, is known for frequently taking his son Prince George to matches.

England's build-up to the tournament has involved narrowing down a 33-man preliminary squad to 26 players and engaging in two warm-up games. Jack Grealish, James Maddison, and Harry Maguire were notable exclusions from England's final squad.

The team secured a victory against Bosnia and Herzegovina but then faced a letdown with a loss to Iceland. With Jude Bellingham's recent arrival completing the group, the team can now focus on training before they jet off to Germany.

The England squad is set to arrive at the secluded luxury Spa and Golf Resort Weimarer Land on Monday, where they will be based for the duration of their stay.

The Three Lions will journey to Gelsenkirchen, Cologne and Frankfurt for their group stage matches against Serbia, Slovenia and Denmark, but will reside and train at a resort that features two golf courses, swimming pools and a games room.

The England Men's team made it to the final of Euro 2020 only to suffer a penalty shootout defeat to Italy, while they were knocked out by France in the quarter-finals of the 2022 World Cup. The Uefa Euro 2024 tournament kicks off in Germany on Friday.

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