|Tim De'ath and Roy Hodgson. Pictures: Getty Images|
Manger Roy Hodgson has hired Tim De'Ath, who catered for the cast and crew of Star Wars Episode One: The Phantom Menace, to look after the squad's culinary needs.
Tim, who is the player liaison officer at West Ham and who is a partner in a restaurant in Chelmsford with some of the players, including Andy Carroll, is leaving nothing to chance. He will be making advance sorties to all the kitchens of hotels where England could stay, including those in the knock-out stages, checking they have all the facilities the needs.
Among the sauces and accessories he will be taking with him will be tubes of Wasabi paste, bottles of peri-peri sauce, Tabasco sauce, sweet chilli dipping sauce, English mustard, seaweed sheets, dried apricots, custard, bars of organic chocolate, herbal teas, jam and bottles of brown sauce. Gone are the days of boxes of Mars bars.
England's first game is against Italy in the steamy jungle heat of Manaus on June 16.