Leicester - minus Drinkwater and Vardy - arrive in Thailand
NEWLY-CROWNED English Premier League champions Leicester City touched down in Thailand yesterday on a publicity blitz, hoping to tap the euphoria over their triumph.
Manager Claudio Ranieri, captain Wes Morgan, goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel and forward Shinji Okazaki led the team, beaming as they gave a choreographed Thai bow - or "wai" - with garlands of jasmine hung around their necks.
But star players Jamie Vardy, Riyad Mahrez and Danny Drinkwater were not among the arrivals yesterday and it was unclear if they would be joining the official two-day tour at a later stage.
The Foxes are owned by well-connected, but publicity-shy, Thai billionaire Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha.
The highlight of the trip will be an open-top bus tour of Bangkok today, although it was unclear how many fans will brave the searing afternoon sun to cheer the team on - or if the city's notoriously gridlocked roads will allow smooth passage for the team bus.