Spurs star Sandro wishes England players good luck over Manaus trip
Sandro has offered England players his sympathy ahead of their trip to Manaus to face Italy in next summer’s World Cup.
The Brazil international had never played in the 80 per cent humidity of the Amazonian city, so he was only able to wish Roy Hodgson’s men good luck for the game.
The Tottenham midfielder told the Daily Mail: “Good luck with that. I have never played there but I know it is very hot. Wow!
“It is also a long way from Sao Paulo, where England play next. It is about a four or five-hour flight.”
Despite a minor diplomatic incident being caused by Hodgson saying that he would rather not take his team to play in Manaus, Sandro agrees that he wouldn’t want to either.
He added: “I will joke with people from Manaus that all there is there is forest, river and that is it.
“It is beautiful, but that’s the joke. Most Brazilians haven’t been there. I want to go there. To fish, though, not to play football.
“I was surprised, because I never played there, (Manaus) don’t have a good team.
“But that’s Brazil for you. Everybody was surprised.”