England stars try out Brazilian martial art dance in favela

England arrived in Brazil on Monday on what they hope will be a long stay.

Training for the first time at the Urca military camp, they threw open the doors to local children and then staged a photocall in Rocinha, the huge favela that sits on the hill behind their five-star hotel, reported.

Daniel Sturridge, Jack Wilshere, Danny Welbeck, Adam Lallana and Fraser Forster met kids whose parents have less than S$400 a month to raise their family, The Mirror reported.

The England lads had the children in fits of laughter by having a go at a Brazilian martial art called capoeira, which combines dance and acrobatics.

Said Arsenal midfielder Wilshere, 22: “I have kids myself and there is no doubt your eyes are opened when you come somewhere like Brazil. It is always good to come and see this type of thing – all the kids love football in Brazil and we live privileged lives.”

Man United striker Welbeck, 23, said: “It is something I really wanted to do. It is great. I was here last year in Rio, and this time I am really feeling the vibe of the country.”

Following the visit, The Football Association confirmed that Roy Hodgson's squad will donate a five figure sum to the sports complex through the England Footballers Foundation charity.Source: Mail Online,, The Mirror

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