Tim's fuelling England for success

When England take to the field to face Italy in their FIFA World Cup opener this evening, a West Ham United man will have played a major role in fuelling them for success.

Tim De'ath, former Hammers chef and now player liaison officer at the Club, is the England head chef and responsible for overseeing their nutritional requirements throughout the tournament.

He travelled as part of England's support staff for the 2010 South Africa World Cup and Euro 2012 and is looking forward to experiencing another tournament.

"It's a real privilege to be working for England at a World Cup," he said. "I'm looking forward to the experience and it'll be a real career high as England team chef.

"I've been with the team since they got together in Portugal at the end of the season, before returning to St George's Park and then going on to Miami for the warm-up games.

"I went out a couple of times before the tournament to get everything in place and the facilities we have in the team hotel are first class.

"My responsibility is to feed the players day-to-day to ensure they are fuelled for training and matches.

"The heat doesn't really change the diet for the players, but it does mean they have to take on more liquid to rehydrate properly.

"I'm really looking forward to the tournament getting underway on Saturday - and Italy have Takahiro Yamamoto working for them, so there'll be a bit of rivalry! It's great to see him there too and it'll be a fantastic experience."