All you need to know about mate tea – Sport News

 Mate tea is proving to be a big hit with the world's biggest footballers – and now England's stars are getting involved  Members of the Three Lions' World Cup squad have been known to drink the caffine-based drink, which originates from South America  Dele Alli and Eric Dier are among those in the England team who are known to enjoy the concoction  Lionel Messi and Neymar, two of the best footballers on the planet right now, are big fans of mate tea, while Diego Maradona is also known to drink it  But what exactly is it and why have England players started drinking it? What is mate tea?  The herb-based tea is made up from ground leaves from a plant known as 'yerba mate'  The leaves are dried out, chopped up, ground and then covered in hot water before they are filtered out  It includes more caffeine than your average cup of tea, which is what makes it popular with top level footballers needing an energy boost Where does it come from?  First consumed by the indigenous Guarani, it was used by the Tupi as a medicine  Brazil is the largest producer of the drink, developing over 50 per cent of the world's mate tea Argentina and Paraguay are not far behind  It is drank more commonly in Uruguay than any other country What is the cup it is drank from?  The likes of Lionel Messi have been seen drinking the concoction from its traditional cup  It is prepared in a gourd before a metal straw, known as a 'bombilla', is placed inside, from which it is drank How have England players got into it?  The ever-increasing amount of South American players in the Premier League have resulted in their club teammates giving it a go  Tottenham stars have a special interest after being introduced to it by manager Mauricio Pochettino  Eric Dier said: “We have Argentinians at the club, so I started drinking it with them ”  Danny Rose added: “The Spurs boys drink quite a lot o fit and the gaffer – he loves it  “Eric and I spend our afternoons playing Uno and drinking tea – it’s a good way of spending an hour or two, just gossiping ”