England midfielder Declan Rice is fit to face France, reveals Kalvin Phillips
Posted by  badge Boss on Dec 09, 2022 - 06:46AM
Declan Rice has started all four England games so far in Qatar (Picture: Getty Images)

has returned to training and is feeling fine, revealed England teammate , ahead of the quarter-final against France on Saturday.

The midfielder missed a training session due to illness earlier this week, but appears to have shaken it off and looks set to be in the starting XI in the blockbuster clash this weekend.

Phillips, who would likely replace Rice in the team if he were to miss out, having already made substitute appearances against Wales and Senegal as he returns to full fitness after an injury-hampered season so far.

Speaking at a press conference on Thursday, the Manchester City midfielder said: ‘I believe Dec is fit, he’s back in training and he felt fine.

‘If all goes wrong, and Dec wouldn’t be fit then obviously I’ll do my best to complete the 90 minutes.’

Kalvin Phillips and Declan Rice were integral to England last summer, but are no longer the midfield pairing (Picture: Getty Images)

Phillips was a key figure in the England team that reached the Euros final last summer but has lost his place in the midfield, partly due to his own injury problems, but also after the emergence of Jude Bellingham as a guaranteed starter.

He is still a favourite of Gareth Southgate, as demonstrated by his inclusion in the squad despite barely playing for his club so far this season.

While he admits not playing regularly is frustrating, he is happy and ready to contribute when he can.

‘I’m enjoying it, having loads of fun, obviously I’m not playing as much which can be frustrating,’ he said. But when you look at the players who are playing in front of me and how well they’re playing, I can’t really argue.

‘I’ve just got to keep working hard, getting fitter and fitter throughout. When I come on try and make that impact and be as solid as I possibly can to help the team.

‘I want to play as many minutes as possible. Regardless if I’m playing or Dec is playing, we both know it’s whatever we can do for the team then we’ll do it.

‘If one’s not able to do that, the other will do their best to do so.’

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