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Callum Wilson misses England training session as a ‘precaution’ with ‘minor strain’ ahead of World Cup quarter-final against France


Callum Wilson’s involvement in England’s clash with France has been in doubt as the striker sat out training on Monday.

The Newcastle striker was used as a substitute in Qatar, appearing in two separate games, including providing an assist for Jack Grealish in the 6-2 win over Iran.

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Wilson made two substitute appearances in Qatar

But there is a risk he won't be involved at all against France on Saturday

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But there is a risk he won’t be involved at all against France on Saturday

The side that started the 3-0 win over Senegal were training indoors, separated from the group that didn’t play or came on as substitutes, however, Wilson stopped training altogether .

England said he had suffered a minor strain and was only missing training as a precaution.

With the team scheduled for a rest day on Tuesday, he will have a chance to recover from the setback before preparations ramp up.

The quarter-final against France is on Saturday and England are hoping to welcome back Raheem Sterling, who has returned home due to a burglary at his family home. Ben White left the camp for personal reasons.

Wilson’s contributions to England’s World Cup campaign have been limited, but they have drawn praise from former England striker Ian Wright.

“I saw him the other day and told him I admired his selflessness,” Wright said.

Wilson was widely praised for sending the ball to Grealish instead of aiming for the goal against Iran himself

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Wilson was widely praised for sending the ball to Grealish instead of aiming for the goal against Iran himself

“He comes to the World Cup, the team has a 5-1 lead. You are crossing. You can tag yourself but you place it and give it to Jack Grealish. Callum actually told me “Give and you shall receive”. I hope and pray that his time will come.

Wilson was selected as Harry Kane’s backup striker, with Southgate picking him ahead of Tammy Abraham and Ivan Toney.

The Newcastle striker enjoyed a fine campaign in the Premier League, scoring six goals in 11 appearances.

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