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No absentees for England training ahead of World Cup semi-final

All 23 members of Gareth Southgate’s squad train on the eve of Croatia clash.

England have a clean bill of health ahead of their first World Cup semi-final in 28 years.

The Three Lions take on Croatia in Moscow on Wednesday looking to earn a place in Sunday’s final.

Gareth Southgate put his squad through their paces at the Spartak Zelenogorsk stadium on Tuesday morning ahead of a flight to the Russian capital.

Despite the prospect of England reaching a first World Cup final since lifting the trophy on home soil in 1966, the squad looked relaxed during the open section of their morning session.

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England captain Harry Kane takes hold of a rubber chicken during a game in training. (Owen Humphreys/PA)

There was a surprise inclusion among the 23 players as a rubber chicken was thrown around in the early part of training.

Jordan Henderson was a fitness worry with a tight hamstring but trained fully alongside Jamie Vardy, who missed Saturday’s win over Sweden with a groin injury.

With every player set to be at his disposal, it remains to be seen if Southgate sticks with the same line-up that started against both Colombia and Sweden to reach the last four.

England take on Croatia at the Luzhniki Stadium at 1900BST on Wednesday, hoping to get the win that would see them return to the same venue to face either France or Belgium in the final.

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