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England midfield trio miss training ahead of Nations League fixtures

Midfield trio Jude Bellingham, Jordan Henderson and Declan Rice trained indoors as England took to the grass for the first time ahead of their Nations League double game.

Henderson joined the squad on Monday night after being brought in to replace injured Kalvin Phillips and was one of three players not training with the squad on Tuesday morning.

Newcastle full-back Kieran Trippier was also not in the main squad and will only meet the squad later today due to a personal commitment.

Ivan Toney trained for the first time with Gareth Southgate and the other 23 senior players, with the Brentford forward receiving his first call-up last week.

The Three Lions boss is working with an expanded group with the World Cup just two months away.

“It’s a bigger than normal team and part of the logic is that we’re very close to a World Cup and we think that although our results have been disappointing this summer we’ve chosen based on of form and ability over a long period,” Southgate explained after his latest caps were announced.

“There were some players we wanted to keep involved this time, but that doesn’t mean it’s the end for some of the others who aren’t involved.

“Marcus Rashford, for example, has shown encouraging signs recently. He’s a player we know well, so if he can play at a high level in the next few weeks, he will of course be under consideration.

“Obviously we have a number of players, including Ben Chilwell, Luke Shaw, Harry Maguire and Kalvin Phillips, who don’t play many minutes with their club. It’s not ideal, but we think they have been, and can be, important players for us It’s not a perfect situation but there’s still a lot of football to play before Qatar.

England travel to face Italy in Milan on Friday night, knowing defeat would see them relegated to League B of the Nations League after losing two and drawing two of their Group A3 fixtures to date.

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