Roy Hodgson and his squad have been offered a free week on a canal boat to help them get over their disappointing campaign at the Brazil World Cup

Despite the pitiful reception the England football team received upon returning home from the Brazil World Cup early this week (25 June), they still have some loyal supporters.

The Canal & River Trust has teamed up with canal boat holiday firm Drifters to offer the entire squad and manager Roy Hodgson a free week-long break.

Wayne Rooney, Steven Gerrard and their teammates are all welcome to bring their families as well and unwind on a narrowboat, while exploring the UK’s 2,000 miles of inland waterways.

Simon Salem from the Canal & River Trust says: “Going out of the World Cup may not be the end of the world, but it probably feels like it at the moment.

“With the eyes of a disappointed nation on the squad, the players probably feel like getting away from it all – and what better way to do it than escaping to a beautiful and relaxing canal?”

He added that staff at the trust would be more than happy to pick out a particularly quiet and relaxing route for the beleaguered Three Lions.

And with a tranquil top speed of 9mph on the inland waterways, lumbering Liverpool striker Rickie Lambert will surely feel at home with the slow pace of life.