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Summer tour: Day one in pictures

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No, it’s not the start of the 1970s romantic TV show Fantasy Island - it's just coincidence that Adam Johnson is shouting, “Boss! The plane!” as the players head for the Etihad Airbus 340.

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 Next up were the Balkan Brothers, Aleks Kolarov and Edin Dzeko, determined to get a good seat in time for the in-flight movie Battle: Los Angeles ...

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 Trailing at the back was Yaya Toure, but as he gathered momentum he stormed through his team-mates and on to the plane first – a bit like a matchday for Yaya, then ...

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 Once on board the lads settled into their allotted seats in first class – how else would you expect the FA Cup winners to travel? – as the plane gradually filled in preparation for the flight ...

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Finally, the shout went up, “All aboard?” "Aye, aye captain!” Came the reply – even though it wasn’t Vincent Kompany who asked the question. Seat belts clicked, safety video played and it was time for take-off ...
 

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Resident on-pitch magician David Silva has a quick game of Angry Bird on his iPhone to keep himself entertained as the plane taxis down the runway ...
 

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 That just leaves one final image we just had to get – the legend that is kit manager Les Chapman, replete with a massive bag of duty free chocolates. Now if there’s one person who doesn’t need a sugar rush, it’s Chappy ...

USA, here we come! 

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