The English football team arrived in Austria on Monday for a training camp at altitude ahead of the 2010 FIFA World Cup™.

Fabio Capello's squad of 24 were immediately whisked off by bus to a training camp in the south-eastern town of Irdning.

They will be joined on Wednesday by the five Portsmouth and Chelsea players who had been given several additional days rest after Sunday's League Cup, and midfielder Gareth Barry, who stayed in England to treat an ankle injury.

The Football Association (FA) open the training camp to the press on Wednesday. The team will stay in Irdning until 23 May before returning to London for a warm-up match against Mexico on 24 May.

England stars Wayne Rooney, Frank Lampard and Steven Gerrard will then return to Austria for a second training camp in Irdning between 26 and 30 May and will play a friendly against Japan on the 30th in Graz.

Capello will name his final 23-man squad on 1 June. In total nine teams competing at the World Cup finals, including Spain and the Netherlands, will hold training camps in the Austrian Alps before the tournament.