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‘Thanks for coming’: Conor Coady loves winding up Liverpool man after beating him in England training
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‘Thanks for coming’: Conor Coady loves winding up Liverpool man after beating him in England training

The England squad has been preparing for their second World Cup group match against USA.

Gareth Southgate’s side are currently top of Group B after a brutal 6-2 demolition of Iran.

England shared a video of the squad training and getting ready for their next match.

International duty gives players from rival teams to come together and work towards a common goal.

England squads of the past have been criticised for remaining in their club cliques while away with the national team.

However, Gareth Southgate has brought a real sense of cohesion to the squad.

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Southgate has introduced some important characters to the group.

The likes of Conor Coady might not always be present on the pitch, but have a big effect off it.

The Wolves defender, who’s currently on loan at Everton, has been to two major tournaments now.

However, he’s yet to play a minute of competitive action in either.

Judging from the video released by England, Coady loves to wind up Liverpool defender Trent Alexander-Arnold.

The full-back was furious that Coady beat him in a training drill, but was all smiles in the end.

Coady loves winding up Alexander-Arnold

The video shows Coady and Alexander-Arnold competing in a jumping drill with other members of the squad.

Alexander-Arnold records the best result as the coach dismisses the group, but Coady’s last final beats his score.

Coady’s clearly delighted, and tells Alexander-Arnold he needs to have another go, before jokingly saying, ‘thanks for coming!’.

The Everton defender then puts his arm around his shoulder before Alexander-Arnold says to the camera, ‘this fella has got some leap on him’.

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Both players have drawn praise since being included in Southgate’s World Cup squad.

West Ham manager David Moyes believes that Coady is perfect for the World Cup.

While Paul Merson has said that Alexander-Arnold is the ‘best passer in the country’.

Neither player was involved against Iran, and it seems unlikely that Southgate will change his side too much tomorrow.

Coady can just enjoy winding up Alexander-Arnold even more on the touchline before either of them is required.

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