England boss talks up star’s recovery

England manager Roy Hodgson has moved to quell fears about Phil Jones’ fitness heading into the World Cup.

The Manchester United defender is one of the Three Lions’ major fitness concerns heading into the showpiece tournament after damaging his shoulder in a Premier League clash against Hull towards the end of the season.

Despite the 22-year-old not being fully fit, Hodgson opted to name him in his 23-man squad to travel to Brazil, but there has been a certain amount of anxiety from within the camp as to whether he will be 100% ready.

But the England manager has been impressed by Jones’ recovery so far:

“Jones is making incredible progress,” he told talkSPORT. “He’s already taking part in various sessions, much more than I thought would be possible [at this stage].

“We’re being very cautious with him. We have time and there’s no point throwing people in there when you don’t need to.“

Jones’ potential replacement John Stones is also present at England’s training camp in Portugal, but also sat out Wednesday’s session through injury.

However Hodgson says that there are no major concerns surrounding the Everton youngster:

“Stones twisted his knee in training slightly,

“We took him out of training today as a precaution. He’s going to be OK though.”


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