Conor Coady has revealed the Portuguese players at Wolves are really good at head tennis.
The defender sat down in the England diary room to talk about some things that have been going on behind the scenes with the Three Lions at the World Cup.
England are currently preparing for their quarter-final showdown with France and Saturday night, after beating Senegal 3-0 in the last 16.
Gareth Southgate’s side were comfortable against the African nation. But world champions France will be a very difficult game.
England’s players are training hard ahead of the clash. But they’re also making sure to have some down time.
And Coady has revealed that one thing many of them like to do is to play head tennis.
Coady says it’s something he often did at Wolves, claiming those hailing from Portugal were also excellent at it.
Talking up his partnership with Eric Dier, he said: “I’ve played a lot of head tennis. I like playing head tennis. We used to play it all the time when I was at Wolves. The Portuguese boys were top at it.
“So I’ve done a little bit of analysis. I’ll be honest, I looked at who’d be good. He’s got that Portuguese background Eric, and I thought, I’m dead close to him, real good friends with him. So we’ve come together. Jack (Grealish) and Phil (Foden) have a little pop at us. We’ve played against Walks (Kyle Walker) a couple of times. Picks (Jordan Pickford) and Tripps (Kieran Trippier) a couple of times.
“We’re still sitting there, which is nice.”
Dier was born in Cheltenham, but move to Portugal when he was seven. He came through the Sporting CP academy, before moving to Tottenham Hotspur in 2014.
Head tennis is a fairly technical game where each team gets a maximum number of touches to get the ball back over the net, with the final touch being a header.
It is little wonder Wolves’ Portuguese players tend to be good at it.
The likes of Ruben Neves, Joao Moutinho and Daniel Podence are all known for being technically very strong.