John Stones misses England training due to illness

John Stones misses England training due to illness

England’s preparations for their Euro 2024 opener against Serbia on Sunday have been disrupted, with John Stones set to miss training due to an illness. 

The Three Lions trained for the first time in Germany on Tuesday after arriving at their base at the Weimarer Land Spa and Golf Resort on the outskirts of Blankenhain. 

Southgate was handed a double boost with the participation of  Luke Shaw and Stones, who was substituted at half-time in the side’s final warm-up friendly after picking up a knock in the early exchanges.

But the Manchester City defender has now been forced to sit out Wednesday’s session because of an illness. 

The 30-year-old is one of five central defenders selected by the England boss for the tournament but he is by far the most important to the success of the side, especially after long-time international partner Harry Maguire was omitted from the squad due to injury. 

Manchester City star John Stones will miss England training on Wednesday because of an illness

The Three Lions are  ramping up preparations for their tournament opener against Serbia on Sunday

The Three Lions are  ramping up preparations for their tournament opener against Serbia on Sunday

Stones has himself endured a fairly frustrating campaign on the injury front. He started only 12 games in the Premier League for City last term, having experienced a hip issue at the start of the term.

Stones was an unused substitute in seven of City’s last 10 league games and failed to make the squad altogether in another. Despite that patchy involvement at club level, he remains irreplaceable for the national team. 

Meanwhile, Tuesday’s training session saw Shaw kicking a ball for the first time in five months and thus strengthened hopes he may be available to be named in the squad to face Denmark next Thursday. 

Shaw didn’t complete the full session and was a peripheral figure during the closing stages of training.

Nevertheless, his participation in Tuesday’s full session is viewed as another positive step towards his recovery.

Kieran Trippier is set to deputise at left-back for Shaw for the start of the tournament.

Veteran Man United goalkeeper Tom Heaton (middle right) has been drafted in to help with training.

Veteran Man United goalkeeper Tom Heaton (middle right) has been drafted in to help with training. 

Meanwhile, Bukayo Saka’s fitness concerns seem to have improved as he was seen smiling with his teammates in the German sun. There had been worries over Saka’s match sharpness, and if he was ready for action after missing Arsenal’s final match of the season.

They were joined by several England fans who gathered in the stands at Ernst-Abbe-Sportfeld to watch the Three Lions be put through their paces.

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