England players unwinding between Euro 2024 games with LEGO

Whether or not football is coming home has yet to be determined, but England’s stars will at least be bringing some LEGO home with them from Euro 2024.

The English squad is turning to alternative methods to unwind between high-stakes, high-pressure matches at their luxury resort in Germany, including piecing together a copy of 71043 Hogwarts Castle – a challenge undertaken by centre-back Lewis Dunk and team massage therapist Ben Mortlock. Dunk confirmed the pair were working on the LEGO Harry Potter set on YouTube show Lions’ Den.

“It’s going to be Hogwarts,” he said. “It’s not just me. Me and Ben the masseuse, we’re working on it. To be fair, he has done more than me so far. He’s loving it. I’ve done a little bit. I’m just glad my kids aren’t here to smash it up!”

Host Josh Denzel grilled Dunk on the build, asking whether it would last for the rest of the tournament. The Brighton and Hove Albion player replied that it would ‘100%’ survive the journey and that he’s planning on taking it home. But he revealed he’s also considered committing the greatest LEGO sin of them all: gluing the model together to ensure it remains in one piece.

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Whether Dunk has since followed through on that LEGO taboo is unknown, but if it helps you sleep better tonight, let’s just collectively agree that he’s thought better of it. Either way, he definitely isn’t the first English footballer to turn to LEGO to unwind: other high-profile stars famous around these parts for their love of the brick include David Beckham and Lauren Hemp.

England’s next Euro 2024 match sees them take on Slovenia in their final group C game, which kicks off at 8pm BST on June 25.

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Chris Wharfe
I like to think of myself as a journalist first, LEGO fan second, but we all know that’s not really the case. Journalism does run through my veins, though, like some kind of weird literary blood – the sort that will no doubt one day lead to a stress-induced heart malfunction. It’s like smoking, only worse. Thankfully, I get to write about LEGO until then.

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Chris Wharfe

I like to think of myself as a journalist first, LEGO fan second, but we all know that’s not really the case. Journalism does run through my veins, though, like some kind of weird literary blood – the sort that will no doubt one day lead to a stress-induced heart malfunction. It’s like smoking, only worse. Thankfully, I get to write about LEGO until then.

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