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Reality check for England with Rio favela visit
Reality check for England at start of World Cup trip with visit to Brazil's biggest favela
By ROB HARRIS
Associated Press
2014-06-10 06:01 AM

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) -- Dancing in the shadow of Brazil's largest favela, England players had a glimpse of the other side of life in Rio de Janeiro during their first full day at the World Cup on Monday.

At the foot of the sprawling Rocinha slum, Danny Welbeck joined in the capoeira, a Brazilian martial arts dance that incorporates singing and playing traditional instruments.

Had coach Roy Hodgson been on the artificial pitch there would have been a few anxious moments as the striker fully embraced the capoeira's acrobatic elements.

But Welbeck emerged unscathed from the visit that is as much about players escaping the confines of their hotel after training as it is about mixing with locals.

At Rocinha, Welbeck said "it's humbling to see that backdrop and something you take note of."

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