June 11, 2010 / 6:18 PM / 8 years ago

Elephant blocks U.S. squad on trunk road

The United States' national soccer team runs during a training session at Royal Bafokeng Stadium in Rustenburg June 11, 2010 ahead of their World Cup Group C opening match against England. REUTERS/Brian Snyder

RUSTENBURG (Reuters) - The United States training session ahead of Saturday’s World Cup Group C opener with England was briefly delayed after an elephant blocked the route of the team bus.

A U.S. team spokesman said the squad had to wait around five minutes while the elephant ate food from a tree on the road leading from the team’s hotel.

It was the second time on Friday that the U.S. team bus was blocked by an elephant on the road, the spokesman said.

The U.S. face England at the Royal Bafokeng stadium in Rustenburg on Saturday.

Writing by Simon Evans; Editing by Jon Bramley

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