British Prime Minister David Cameron paid a visit to St George's Park in Burton-upon-Trent, a facility that cost £105m and is now 18 months old, in order to meet, greet and offer inspirational words to the England national football team who continue their FIFA World Cup preparations this week with an international friendly fixture tomorrow evening, Friday.
Former FA and Football League chairman David Sheepshanks is reported to have informed Press Association Sport that Cameron was swift to wish England all the best, whilst also enjoying his trip to the training centre: "St George's Park is now 18 months old," said Sheepshanks. "We're still in our infancy, and it's an enormous fillip to have the prime minister come and take such an interest.
"He asked great questions wherever he went, and he was thoroughly engaging with everybody. Some people have said he could not have come on a better day, and it's always a bit of extra magic when the England World Cup squad are here.
"I'm sure he wanted to wish them well in Brazil, which indeed he did - quite brilliantly.
"He was very straightforward - and I'm not going to recite what he said - but he was very passionate and genuine in his support and enthusiasm. What he said couldn't have been warmer."
While in the photographs above he is seen shaking hands with Liverpool and England captain Steven Gerrard and Liverpool forward Daniel Welbeck whilst Chelsea legend Frank Lampard stretches, he did receive a "spontaneous round of applause from everybody" after his speech.
England play Peru on Friday, May 30, ahead of a clash with Ecuador on June 4 and Honduras on June 7, where their preparations will be complete. England begin their World Cup campaign against Italy, on June 14.