Eclan Rice has returned to training after a bout of illness, to raise hopes that he will be fit to start for England against France in the quarter-finals of the World Cup.
After sitting out Wednesday’s session, the West Ham midfielder’s participation at the weekend was in doubt.
However, Gareth Southgate has been given a boost with the return of Rice as well as the imminent arrival of Raheem Sterling from his family visit to London following an armed robbery at his home. Callum Wilson has also been training after the Newcastle striker recently suffered a minor strain.
England’s Kalvin Phillips said on Thursday he felt ready to step in if Rice was unavailable, but added he expected his team-mate to start against France.
“Yes [I am ready]“, he told reporters.
“But I believe Dec is in good shape anyway. He was back in training today and he felt good, so if all goes well Dec will be fine.
“Otherwise I’ll do my best to finish the 90 minutes obviously.”
England are expected to have a full squad on Saturday night apart from Ben White who left the World Cup camp for personal reasons.