England clip appears to be like like they’re ‘heading to abattoir’, says physique language knowledgeable

Footage of the England squad heading to their final Euro 2024 group game has raised concerns for body language expert Judi James.

A clip was shared by the Three Lions social media team which showed 11 of the players boarding the coach for their journey to Cologne, where they’ll face Slovenia tonight. The similarly downbeat demeanour amongst them all was noticed by fans, who have been frustrated with their performances in Germany so far.

And James shares the worries they expressed about negativity in the camp. She exclusively told Daily Star Sport: “If this were a coach-load of kids going on a school outing you’d assume it was to somewhere like the local gasworks or abattoir.”

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James highlighted the lack of energy and motivation in the 26-second long video, pinpointing slumped shoulders and multiple heads looking down at the ground as disturbing signs. She theorised it may all be an act.

“What they are doing might hopefully be keeping their powder dry, acting glum and even demoralised to surprise fans with their vigour and sparkle during the game tonight,” the communication specialist continued.

However, she said that in itself can be dangerous for morale, adding: “Top athletes act arrogant, confident, revved up and invincible for a reason that goes beyond showing off and intimidating their opponents.

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“Body language displays of bravado have an intrapersonal effect too, meaning they actually make the athlete feel more like a winner on the inside. The body state can fool the brain, so looking glum or even pretending to look glum can sap the energy.”

James reckons it’s now more important than ever for the country to get behind the team instead of turning on them and Southgate, with the pressure on to deliver a more positive performance.

England are already qualified for the last 16 of the tournament as they’re guaranteed to at least be one of the four best third-placed teams who make it through. Victory would see them top Group C and secure the most favourable draw, though.