Chantilly - England
assistant coach Ray Lewington unwittingly lifted the lid on team
preparations for Euro 2016 by being photographed carrying a notepad
showing tactical information.
A photo published by British tabloid The Sun on Wednesday showed
Lewington holding the notes as he returned to the team hotel following
Tuesday's open training session in Chantilly.
The notes, which seem to have formed the basis for a training
exercise, show Harry Kane and Jamie Vardy operating as strikers, with
captain Wayne Rooney listed among the central midfielders.
England manager Roy Hodgson is known to be debating whether to use
Rooney as a striker or a midfielder, where he finished the season
playing for Manchester United.
The diagram featured 12 players arranged into pairs of either central
midfielders, wingers or strikers, with holding midfielder Eric Dier at
the base, but no defenders or goalkeepers.
The gaffe did not go unnoticed by Chris Coleman, the manager of England's future Group B opponents Wales.
He emerged for training on Wednesday holding notes showing a 'Wales'
team that included the Brazil greats Pele and Socrates and Argentina
legend Diego Maradona.
England open their Group B campaign against Russia in Marseille on Saturday before tackling Wales in Lens next week.