England star steps up his fitness regime in preparation for Euro 2016

19 May

Hodgson, meanwhile, was forced to conduct his first training session since naming his initial squad with just one central defender.


The England boss staged a 30-minute practice game at St George’s Park ahead of Sunday’s friendly against Turkey.

But Everton’s John Stones was the only centre back available because of an injury to Gary Cahill.

He picked up a knock during Chelsea’s final Premier League game of the season against Leicester at the weekend and missed training for treatment instead.

He is expected to be fit in time to face the Turks, but his absence, along with that of Chris Smalling because of Manchester United’s FA Cup final, highlighted the risk Hodgson has taken in naming just three centre backs.

In the end was forced to use Tottenham’s Eric Dier there against club colleague Harry Kane.

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