England players are put through their paces by the Royal Marines. (Picture: Royal Navy/Crown Copyright).
The Royal Marines have been putting England footballers through their paces as the players prepare for the FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup in France next month.
England Women's Under-20s were put through their paces during 48 hours with forces personnel at the Commando Training Centre in Lympstone.
During their pre-tournament training, 31 players from the Young Lionesses tackled the commandos' endurance course, spent a night outdoors and completed a mud run through the River Exe estuary.
U20s head coach Mo Marley, said: “The experience has been incredible.
"The girls are closer now than they’ve ever been, and we’re in a much better place as a result of this experience."
Team captain Grace Fisk, who plays for Millwall, thanked the commandos for "an amazing few days that has made the squad hungry for success".
Royal Marines Captain Olly Mason said the Young Lionesses were "an outstanding team with an incredible mindset – and we wish them every success in France". He added:
"There has been a positive change in the men’s senior team since their visit to the Commando Training Centre, and we look forward to maintaining a close relationship with the Football Association."
The Young Lionesses will take on North Korea, Mexico and Brazil in the group stage of the World Cup in France.
In training with the Royal Marines, the u20s footballers have followed in the footsteps of the England men's senior side who joined personnel for a series of exercises last year.
And then last month, manager Gareth Southgate hailed the "big impact" meeting injured service personnel from the Royal Marines had on his players.
The England men's senior side face Sweden in the World Cup quarter-finals on Saturday.