England manager Gareth Southgate has been given a boost ahead of naming his squad for the World Cup on Thursday after Newcastle boss Eddie Howe confirmed Kieran Trippier is in fine form.
Trippier could be seen clutching his hamstrings in Newcastle’s 4-1 win over Southampton on Sunday and was taken off with 10 minutes to play.
Southgate are already struggling at right-back, with Kyle Walker and Reece James injured, and losing Trippier would have been another blow for the England boss, who is due to name his final 26-man squad for Qatar this week.
But speaking on Tuesday morning ahead of Newcastle’s Carabao Cup clash with Crystal Palace tomorrow, Howe said: “There is no problem with Kieran.
“It always looks better than it is when the physio comes onto the pitch but he came off in the second half and he was fine. Like I said after the game, it was my decision to remove it.
Newcastle striker Callum Wilson, who is also hoping to make the England squad, was sent off against Southampton at half-time but is recovering well and will be fine for the World Cup if selected .
“He’s fine,” Howe said. “He’s been sick for a few days so he’s a bit exhausted, but we’ll see how he’s doing again today.”
Meanwhile, Kalvin Phillips confirmed on Monday he had “high hopes” of being selected by England, having now returned to full fitness after shoulder surgery.
The former Leeds midfielder is expected to play a role for Manchester City in their Carabao Cup tie with Chelsea which comes on the eve of Southgate’s announcement, having not played since September.
“The shoulder is perfectly fine now,” Phillips told BBC Radio 5 Live. “I went through a seven-week process to recover as fast as possible for the World Cup. Everything is going very well. I obviously haven’t done it long enough now, but I kept my fitness and I would like to think that I could play 90 minutes.