England step up World Cup training camp with gym session at St George’s Park as countdown to Russia begins
- England’s World Cups quad hit the gym at St George’s Park on Monday
- Only 16 of Gareth Southgate’s 23-man squad available for training this week
- Manchester United, Chelsea and Liverpool players yet to link up with squad
England began their World Cup training camp on Monday with 16 of their 23-man squad reporting to St George’s Park for meetings and training.
Chelsea’s FA Cup-winning captain Gary Cahill, as well as beaten Manchester United quartet Phil Jones, Ashley Young, Jesse Lingard and Marcus Rashford have been given additional rest and recovery time and will not link up with their team-mates until Sunday.
Danny Welbeck chats with John Stones and Mason Mount in a gym session at St George’s Park
Harry Kane engaged in some weight training as England began World Cup preparations
Eric Dier and Jamie Vardy part of the 16-man party to report for training on Monday
The senior squad was bolstered on Monday by James Tarkowksi and Jake Livermore, two of the five players placed on standby, Manchester City goalkeeper Angus Gunn and Watford’s Nathaniel Chalobah.
Gunn will be on hand until Burnley’s Tom Heaton – the official goalkeeping back-up to Jordan Pickford, Jack Butland and club-mate Nick Pope – takes his place next week, while Chalobah has been invited along after ending an eight-month lay-off in the final game of the season.
Lewis Cook and Adam Lallana complete Southgate’s standby list but are not involved yet.
Cook is with Aidy Boothroyd’s under-21s ahead of this summer’s Toulon Tournament, which he will take part in provided he is not required in Russia, while Lallana is another member of Liverpool’s Kiev-bound squad.
Dele Alli trains in the gym as England step up preparations for next month’s tournament
Midfielder Ruben Loftus-Cheek stretches his leg muscles with some resistance training
Southgate has yet to name his captain for the tournament and Henderson’s absence from St George’s Park could delay any announcement.
He joins Harry Kane and Eric Dier as the likeliest candidates to lead the team, and Southgate will be expected to speak with all three before handing out the armband.
England start their World Cup campaign against Tunisia on June 18, followed by Group G clashes against Panama and Belgium.
More immediately, they take on Nigeria at Wembley on June 2 before a farewell fixture against Costa Rica at Elland Road five days later.
Dele Alli, John Stones and Kyle Walker enjoy a light-hearted moment at the training camp
Stoke goalkeeper Jack Butland speaks with England manager Gareth Southgate
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