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Wilson misses training as England begin preparations for France quarter-final showdown

21:03 GMT+3 05/12/2022
Callum Wilson England 2022
England revealed that Callum Wilson was absent from training session on Monday as a precaution due to a minor strain.
  • Wilson featured twice in Qatar as substitute
  • Missing from training due to minor strain
  • Absence described as "precaution" by England

WHAT HAPPENED? Wilson joined Raheem Sterling - who was forced to return to England following an armed break-in at his family home - in sitting out the session in Al Wakrah, as Gareth Southgate's side begin preparations for their blockbuster quarter-final matchup against France on Saturday.

THE BIGGER PICTURE: Despite playing back-up to Three Lions captain Harry Kane - who became England's all-time leading scorer at major tournaments with his first in Qatar against Senegal on Sunday - Wilson has amassed 46 minutes of World Cup football and even registered an assist against Iran. His absence will be a worry for Southgate should Kane experience any injury troubles himself.

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WHAT NEXT FOR ENGLAND? With or without Wilson on their bench, England face perhaps their toughest test of Southgate's reign against France on Saturday, hoping to progress to their third successive semi-final at a major tournament.