Fitness coach Chris Neville has quickly switched his attention from Rio to Rovers – after playing his part in England’s encouraging 2-2 draw against Brazil last weekend.
Chris returned to the England fold following Roy Hodgson’s appointment just over 12 months ago and was tasked with putting the players through their paces ahead of the match in the Maracana.
Delighted with the second-half display, which almost saw England secure a famous scalp, Chris hopes to be back in Brazil next summer for the 2014 World Cup.
“It was certainly a worthwhile and successful trip from a lot of angles,” said Chris, who is Rovers’ Head of Sports Science.
“From a purely physical perspective, it was a worthwhile trip looking at things like climate and the effects of the flights and altitude.
“And from an administrative point of view, it was a useful trip looking at hotels and training grounds and the practicalities of actually going to a tournament and being able to plan ahead.”
Chris will now be putting club before country, as his focus turns to finalising Rovers’ pre-season preparations ahead of the players’ return to Brockhall at the end of the month.
“It’s a busy time, planning pre-season,” he added. “Thankfully we did quite a bit at the end of last season in preparation for the start of this.
“The tour to Portugal has obviously been booked, it’s just a matter of getting our final preparations together and getting a squad together.
“Gary (Bowyer) has already signed some players and we’re looking forward to new players coming in and getting them up to speed with the way we do things.
“We’ll look at what we did last season, how we did it and how we can do it better. We’ll then put some of those leaning processes in place for next season and try to do our bit to hopefully push the club on from a physical perspective and start the season strongly.”