Gareth Southgate was glad to see Harry Maguire progressing well from his injury.
“With any injury, it’s impossible to predict 100%. Our medical team are pleased with his progress, and particularly over the last couple of days,” said Southgate.
“We know there is always that risk, but all of the guidance is that he should be available, and it’s a case of when he can slot back into training with the group and how quickly we can progress him.
“But of course there is always that risk with any injury that you only have to have one minor setback, and two or three days here and there really affects those timelines.
“So I’m very realistic about that. We’ve picked a squad on the basis that if we didn’t have him, we’ve got the players to come in, and if he’s able to be fit and available, then that’s a bonus for us.”
The Manchester United captain might lead England’s defence after all, if he overcomes the ankle issue. It kept him out of the Europa League final against Villarreal two weeks back and he would hate to miss any games for his country.