Ten England players were missing from training today ahead of Saturday’s Euro 2016 qualifier with Slovenia and a friendly with Scotland next Tuesday.
Striker Sadio Berahino was one of those ten missing after he played the whole 90 minutes in West Brom’s 2-0 defeat to Newcastle, he was joined by Danny Welbeck, Calum Chambers, Kieron Gibbs and Ross Barkley who were all given a rest after been involved in Sunday matches.
Gary Cahill, Leighton Baines, Phil Jagielka, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Andros Townsend also sat out of the session at St George’s Park after picking up knocks at the weekend and will be assessed by the medical team.
Jamaal Lascelles and Jack Robinson were brought in from Gareth Southgate’s U21’s side to take part in the first team training to help make up the numbers.
Significant players have returned to the fold including Theo Walcott who took part in his first England training session in a year after his long-term knee injury. Stewart Downing also returned to squad after last playing for England back in May 2012 after impressing with West Ham so far this campaign, experienced midfielder Michael Carrick also took part in the session following his recall.
Captain Wayne Rooney did take part and it could be a significant week for the skipper on a personal level as he could earn his 100th cap.
Rooney made his debut back in 2003 in a friendly with Australia and an appearance in either of these games will join recent inductees Steven Gerrard, Ashley Cole and Frank Lampard in the 100-club.
Written by @Danialkennedy95