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Howard Webb Prepares for Brazil

In Manaus, where England will play their first group game against Italy and the USA plays Portugal in their second, it can hit 92° with 90% humidity.

There have been no directives from Fifa, football’s world governing body, to prepare for the conditions, but, for the past two weeks, Webb has reported to this temperature-controlled chamber and pushed himself to the limits of his physical fitness.

The chamber has been set to 40C with 80% humidity as Webb begins the first of 20 sprints, each 150m in distance.

It is brutal to watch, but he would not have it any other way.

“I want to be as prepared as I can,” he says. “Coming to the chamber here gives me that chance. If it gives me a small advantage, if it means I can perform to my potential there, then why not do it?”

Read More: bbc.com

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