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England complete first World Cup preparation camp

Trent Alexander-Arnold and Jordan Henderson are among the players yet to link up with the squad.

England’s first World Cup preparation camp is over, with Gareth Southgate and his players now heading off for a few days’ downtime.

After last week naming his squad bound for Russia, those not involved in the FA Cup and Champions League finals convened at St George’s Park on Monday.

Southgate worked with 15 of the 23 selected at Burton, before Manchester City’s Raheem Sterling swelled that number the following day having been given permission to link up later due to a personal matter.

The group will increase further when England return to base on Saturday evening, when Chelsea skipper Gary Cahill arrives along with the Manchester United quartet of Marcus Rashford, Jesse Lingard, Ashley Young and Phil Jones.

Trent Alexander-Arnold and Jordan Henderson will get a break after Liverpool’s Champions League final against Real Madrid, but it is unclear when stand-by Adam Lallana will link up with the group given he is looking to prove his fitness.

Fellow back-up players James Tarkowski and Jake Livermore have been training with the squad at St George’s Park this week, as have unselected Nathaniel Chalobah, Mason Mount and Angus Gunn.

Stand-by goalkeeper Tom Heaton will replace Gunn in the training group on Saturday, whereas Lewis Cook is heading to Toulon with the England Under-21s.

The next stage of preparation camp will take in the Wembley friendly against Nigeria on June 2 and final warm-up match against Costa Rica at Elland Road on June 7.

Another break will follow that match ahead of the squad heading out to their base in Repino near St Petersburg on June 12.

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