FOLLOWING defeat by Italy, the England football team now faces an ill-timed trek up Brazil’s tallest mountain.
Critics claim the treacherous ascent of Pico da Neblina should wait until the team’s World Cup obligations have been concluded.
Manager Roy Hodgson said: “I agree that the timing is not ideal but the lads fancied it so it was all booked in before we came. If we cancel now we lose our deposit for the guides and jeeps.“
Pico da Neblina is known for the high risk of a parasitic disease called onchocerciasis, or river blindness, which Hodgson admits is a concern.
“Generally you look to avoid river blindness during a tournament. The last thing you want is your midfielders firing aimless crosses in the last 10 minutes of games or strikers missing from six yards out.
“Actually we should get a doctor to have a look at Wayne Rooney.”