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Rice returns to England training after illness absence

football08 December 2022 15:22| © AFP
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England midfielder Declan Rice returned to training on Thursday, easing fears about his fitness ahead of Saturday's World Cup quarterfinal against France.

Midfielder Kalvin Phillips told a news conference that Rice had taken part in the training session at their Al-Wakrah base.

"I believe Dec is fit, he's back in training and he's fine," said Phillips, who would have been the obvious replacement for the West Ham player.

Rice has been a key cog in England's midfield throughout the tournament so far, starting all four games.

England should be close to having a full strength squad avaliable for the clash with Didier Deschamps' side, with forward Raheem Sterling returning to Doha on Friday after a spell back in England.

The Football Association said that Sterling should be back at the team camp on Friday after spending time with his family in England following a break-in at his home.

Back-up striker Callum Wilson has been nursing a muscle strain.

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