Stones & Flanagan Are In The Training Camp
Manager Roy Hodgson has said defenders John Stones and Jon Flanagan will be travelling with the England squad to their training camp as he makes final decisions on injuries.
As announced a few days back, that Phil Jones has a deadline to prove his fitness, the gaffer has again confirmed that the 'Js' will be travelling so should he need to make changes, they will already have been in and around training as we prepare for the coming games.
Speaking to the press to again confirm their involvement despite being on the standby list, Hodgson also confirmed that Jones was the only real doubt he still has.
'I will be taking John Stones and Jon Flanagan with us on this trip. I rely on the doctors and physios at the various clubs and our own doctors and the only one I would say who seriously poses a question is Phil Jones. He had his shoulder injury a week ago but everyone tells me, and my research tells me too - I had the same injury with two of my players at Fulham - everything points towards him being back, fit and playing in three weeks.'
However Hodgson knows that this isn't a guarantee and it would be remiss of him to not prepare for the alternative and that's exactly what he's doing.
Of course, having managed Flanagan at Liverpool, Hodgson knows him well and he also knows Stones from when he made his U21 debut last August and that was a game that Hodgson was very involved in when we played Scotland at Sheffield United's Bramall Lane.
The gaffer also repeated his statement that Stones would replace Jones should he not prove his fitness by June 2nd, 'even though everything tell me he will be.'
With many other players having been talked about in the injury sense over the last month, it's good to know at this stage it really is only Jones who remains a doubt as especially with Hodgson taking the opportunity to rely on a more youthful side, we certainly don't want any interruptions in preparations, and the gaffer added that he had selected the 23 he did because he was very confident there would be no great doubts about fitness overall.
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