England touch down in Paris ahead of their Euro 2016 opener

Sky Sports News HQ's Nick Collins follows the England squad as they arrive at their Euro 2016 training base

England have touched down in France ahead of Saturday's Euro 2016 opener against Russia.

Roy Hodgson's squad arrived in Paris at Le Bourget airport on Monday afternoon after jetting off from Luton Airport.

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England dropped their bags off at their hotel, where they were greeted by the Mayor of Chantilly - and a three-strong brass band dressed in red hunting uniforms - before heading to their training base at the Stade des Bourgognes.

Hodgson was the first to emerge from the bus, before captain Wayne Rooney led out his fellow team-mates and the England manager admitted it was a relief to finally arrive for the tournament.

England's Euros hotel  Auberge du Jeu de Paume in Chantilly
Image: England's luxury hotel - the Auberge du Jeu de Paume in Chantilly

"It's what we've been looking forward to for such a long time," Hodgson told the UEFA website.

"We qualified quite early so we've had our minds on this moment for a long time and it's just great to be here.

"It will be a very good tournament with a lot of good teams taking part. We are relaxed and we think we are in decent form and just hoping we can show that on the field."

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England manager Roy Hodgson arrives at the Team Hotel, Auberge du Jeu de Paume, Chantilly.
Image: England manager Roy Hodgson arriving at the team hotel in Chantilly

Local amateur side US Chantilly have handed their training base to England during their stay in France and the specially-developed surface is a synthetically reinforced pipe and slit drained pitch.

England will have their first training session in France behind closed doors this afternoon before returning to take up residence at the Auberge du Jeu de Paume hotel.

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The five-star hotel is located in Chantilly - just half a mile from the Stade des Bourgognes - and it will be the base for the squad during their stay in France.

The Mayor of Chantilly, Eric Woerth, was on hand to welcome the squad to the town and revealed England could not have picked a better place to set up camp. 

England manager Roy Hodgson, captain Wayne Rooney and assistant manager Ray Lewington board the plane at Luton Airport.
Image: Hodgson and his captain Wayne Rooney boarding at Luton Airport

"I gave the city medal to the coach and the captain and also a book, in English, telling the story of Chantilly," said Woerth.

"It is a very English story. The horses and trainers came here from England in the 19th century and the relationship was built.

"There is no better place for them to be. This is a small part of England in France."

Roy Hodgson and Gary Cahill speak to Sky Sports News after arriving in France ahead of Euro 2016

England are expected to spend their first evening in France either in the hotel or familiarising themselves with their surroundings in the historic town. 

England will then have their second training session on Tuesday, live in front of the Sky Sports News HQ cameras.

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England will take on Russia at the Stade Vélodrome in Marseille this Saturday before facing Wales on June 16 in Lens and then Slovakia four days later in Saint-Etienne.

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