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England Prepare for FIFA World Cup by Playing Kabaddi

The team prepared for the World Cup by practicing Kabaddi, as players warmed-up with the traditional Indian game during practice.

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Updated:May 30, 2018, 8:48 AM IST
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England Prepare for FIFA World Cup by Playing Kabaddi
England players try their hand at Kabaddi. (Twitter)
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The FIFA World Cup is just a couple of weeks away now and most of the teams have started preparing for the big tournament. The training sessions have picked up pace for the marquee event with many teams also playing warm-up games.

England will be led by Harry Kane, as they will look to give their fans something to cheer about in Russia.

The team prepared for the World Cup by practicing Kabaddi, as players warmed-up with the traditional Indian game during practice.

This comes, just ahead of the Pro Kabaddi League auction where a total of 422 players will be going under the hammer when the two-day auctions gets underway here on Wednesday.

Of the total players, 58 are from 14 different nations while 87 players come from the league's Future Kabaddi Heroes Programme (FKH), a nationwide talent scouting programme held in 18 cities.

Also, for the first time, the concept of "Final Bid Match" (FBM) will be introduced. As per the FBD process, the franchises will be entitled to match the final bid made by another franchise, for one or at most two players from its previous season squad.

For the upcoming edition, a total of 21 players were retained by nine teams while three teams -- U Mumba, Jaipur Pink Panthers and UP Yoddha -- decided to start from scratch without retaining any player.

| Edited by: Arjit Dabas
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