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England reflect on Nazi horrors.

THE European Championship was put into perspective for England this afternoon after the squad visited Auschwitz and Oskar Schindler's factory in Krakow.

Football would have been the last thing on the minds of Roy Hodgson and his players as they were given lessons in one of the darkest episodes in Europe's history.

After a light training session at their Hutnik base this morning, the squad split into two groups.

One, led by Wayne Rooney, Hodgson and Football Association chairman David Bernstein, headed to former Nazi death camp Auschwitz.

The other, headed by captain Steven Gerrard, coach Gary Neville and FA director of football development Sir Trevor Brooking, visited the Schindler factory museum.

Rooney's group featured no players - barring goalkeeper Joe Hart - who are expected to start England's Euro 2012 Group D opener on Monday.

They made the 40-mile trip west to the town of Oswiecim, and then on to the nearby village of Brzezinka.

It was there - at Auschwitz - that an estimated one million Jews lost their lives during the Second World War.

Defender Joleon Lescott said: "Days like today you tend to look back on as much as the tournament itself in years to come, the things you have done, the people you have met. I am sure, in years to come, the tournament will be a highlight but so will visiting places like this.

"It is fresh in my mind at the moment so it might take a while for it to sink in"

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MOVING: (left to right) Theo Walcott, Andy Carroll, Phil Jagielka, Joe Hart, Leighton Baines, Wayne Rooney, England manager Roy Hodgson and FA Chairman David Bernstein.
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