Wayne Rooney touched down here with the England squad after more progress in his race to be fit for the World Cup.
The injured striker trained with Gary Neville and England physios before flying from Luton airport to the team's luxury hotel near here. Filmed passing a ball with his broken foot at the end of last week, he is thought to have stepped up his recovery programme yesterday. Rooney worked more vigorously, striking the ball harder, and plans to go through his paces again with the medical team today before returning to Manchester for a scan tomorrow.
Sven-Goran Eriksson is confident Rooney will be fit for part of the World Cup. The England chief will know more after tomorrow's scan on the metatarsal bone Rooney broke against Chelsea on April 29.
At the time, Rooney was told by United's medical experts that it would be six weeks before he could resume full training. It will be six weeks on Saturday, when England play Paraguay in their first match in group B.
Eriksson expects Neville to have recovered from his hamstring injury in time. The full-back had been expected to train yesterday, after missing Saturday's 6-0 win over Jamaica. England say he will train today at the squad's training base in Buhlertal.
John Terry (sore knee), Ashley Cole (thigh) and skipper David Beckham (right ankle) missed yesterday's session in England but Football Association spokesman Adrian Bevington said: "This was purely precautionary with all three players. Sven fully expects all three to be training this week and available for Saturday's opener."
The squad received a redcarpet welcome at the five-star Buhlerhohe Schlosshotel near here, in Germany's south west.
Beckham and his teammates had received a goodluck message from England cricket captain Andrew Flintoff before they left Luton.