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Phillips out of England squad and facing race to be World Cup fit

Kalvin Phillips is out of the England squad and could be a World Cup doubt with a shoulder injury that could require surgery.

The midfielder missed Manchester City’s 3-0 win over Wolves and will be out of England’s Nations League matches against Italy and Germany.

Phillips, who had been named in Gareth Southgate’s 28-man squad for both September matches, played just 13 minutes of football during an injured start to his City career.

Now he faces a race against time to prove his fitness as Southgate picks his 26-man roster for the tournament in Qatar, which is due to be named by October 21.

Phillips has always been present in England’s run to the Euro 2020 final and Southgate has shown loyalty to the players at this tournament who have served them well in the past during a difficult start to the season. their club.

City have five games after the international break, starting with a Manchester derby, for Phillips to try to prove his fitness.

England are already without compatriot Jordan Henderson for games against Italy and Germany.

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