Sunderland spare no expense as players get down to hard work in France under watchful eye of David Moyes

Billy Jones gets up high to win a header
Billy Jones gets up high to win a header
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Well, if it's good enough for the German national side, then it's good enough for Sunderland.

The Black Cats have spared no expense on their pre-season training camp in France.

Stade Camille-Fournier, in France

Stade Camille-Fournier, in France

This is a week of hard work on the training pitch, three friendly matches and a chance for David Moyes and his players to get to know one another.

And they have the perfect setting to do all that.

Sunderland's 5-star Alpine base hosted Germany last month during their Euro 2016 campaign, the signage remains visible around the pitch.

The team's hotel - which boasts stunning views of Lake Geneva - is a short walk from the Stade Camille-Fournier, where Sunderland play two of their friendlies.

On Monday night, the Black Cats beat FC Stade Nyonnais 2-0 ahead of tomorrow night's game against Dijon.

The 2,500-seat venue is 125m above Lake Geneva and is predominantly used for athletics, with a running track and sand pits dotted around the pitch.

There is also a second training pitch just over the road, offering Moyes and the club's coaching staff the perfect facilities to break into smaller groups.

Moyes clearly has an eye for detail, keeping a close watch on the warm-up ahead of the first friendly before enjoying a very much hands-on role in training on Tuesday.

After a hard day's training in the blistering sunshine - with temperatures topping 30C this week - the players can unwind and relax back at their base.

The hotel, which also hosted the 2003 G8 summit, boasts all the amenities you would expect, with swimming pool and spa facilities as well as plenty to keep the players entertained.

Duncan Watmore was the table tennis champion in Austria earlier this month - beating Patrick van Aanholt in the final - and he will be looking to retain his crown.

Sunderland's third and final friendly on Saturday against Montpellier is around an hour-and-a-half’s drive away at the Stade Jacques Forestier, in Aix-les-Bains.

The venue, which is also used mainly for athletics, has a capacity of 3,000.

Speaking last month, Germany’s team director Oliver Bierhoff said the plush facilities offer "excellent conditions to be able to work, train and recover in peace."

He wasn't wrong.

And the work done over the course of this week will help shape the foundations for Sunderland's 2016-17 Premier League campaign.