More training and a penalty shoot-out with a difference on day three of our trip to South Korea to take part in the Peace Cup...
Today has definitely been the hottest day since our arrival in South Korea - very 'close' and humid. The day began for the players with gym session after breakfast before we made our way back to the Hyo Public Stadium for a charity event organised by Standard Chartered Bank.
One of the main elements of the day was a Celebrity v Youth match with the celebs being stars from South Korean soaps and comedians. Before this all took place, the main fund-raising challenge took centre stage.
In front of the television cameras, a group of our players took on the celebs in a penalty shoot-out with a difference. The upshot being that the ball had to successfully go through a moving hoop before hitting the net to count as a score - not easy!
As you can imagine, the celebs were very much playing to their audience and rightly milking their big football moment. A number of them were pretty successful with their early attempts and we were looking a bit ropey at one point before getting the hang of penalties through a hoop.
Our main takers were Robbie Keane, Jermain Defoe, Andy Reid, Ledley King, Mounir El-Hamdaoui, Goran Bunjevcevic, Aaron Lennon, Michael Carrick, Teemu Tainio and Pedro Mendes.
It wouldn't really be fair at this stage to reveal who missed or even slipped over on the sandy surface out of our number, but it is true to say that the early scorers were not the ones you might expect - and the centre-halves did pretty well, including Michael Dawson when reinforcements were called for.
The aim was to net 10 in order to secure a 10,000,000 won donation to charity. The SCB winnings going to 'Seeing is Believing' for those with visual impairments, with ours going to the 'Korean Foundation for World Aid'. I am pleased to report the full amount will be received - we got there in the end.
After the shootout, those in attendance were treated to a freestyling session from our own Billy Wingrove, who has made the trip out with the community team. So impressed were the celebs with his warm-up routine before the penalties, they insisted he have a go himself. He won't thank me for revealing that his first attempt was closer to rattling the corner flag than the goal net, although his second wasn't far away.
The Football in the Community team arrived last night and are to undertake a number of activities with local children. Earlier today they visited an orphanage for a coaching session and tomorrow they have two school visits.
Later on it was on to the Seong Nam Stadium 1 for afternoon training and what looked like a very sharp session. A police escort is supplied for the 30 minute journey to and from training in order to help cut through the busy traffic and, for those of you old enough to remember, it is really like something of the old US cop show 'Chips' with outriders on Harley Davidsons running ahead and alongside the three vehicle convoy.
At dinner this evening, like in the UK, the players and staff observed a period of silence in memory of the victims of the London bombings a week ago.
The Peace Cup begins tomorrow with games between PSV Eindhoven and Seong Nam IIwha in Seoul and Once Caldas and Lyon in Busan, while our players will be in final preparations for our opener against Boca Juniors on Saturday evening.