England's World Cup injuries ease as Maddison, Walker train

England’s World Cup injuries ease as Maddison, Walker train

DOHA, Qatar (AP) — England’s injury concerns have been eased ahead of the World Cup, with Kyle Walker and James Maddison overriding their previous fitness issues to take part in the team’s first training session in Qatar on Wednesday. succeeded.

Walker is recovering from knee surgery after being injured during Manchester United’s 6-3 win over Manchester United in the Premier League on 2 October.

Maddison, meanwhile, was sidelined for the first half of Leicester’s win over West Ham on Saturday with a right knee problem.

They trained at the Al Waqara Sports Complex near England’s team hotel base for the World Cup, as all 26 members of Gareth Southgate’s squad trained.

Madison said he had a “positive scan” and had nothing to worry about. He said he wanted to play this weekend despite the injury.

“I had a little problem the week before the West Ham game but I wanted to play, I didn’t want to be put off because of the World Cup,” he said.

“That’s not the type of player I am, I wanted to help Leicester.”

Maddison has been a surprise addition to the squad after being repeatedly overlooked by Southgate despite his good form over the past year. He has made just one appearance for England, coming on as a substitute in a European Championship qualifier against Montenegro in 2019.

“I never felt like (his England chance) was lost,” he told a news conference. “There were times when I felt I was playing well and wasn’t selected but it It’s about having the right mindset, staying hungry and not thinking it’s a closed door.”

Maddison said he missed the call Southgate told him he had made the squad.

“The heart starts pounding,” Madison said. “I still had his number saved, it was all a bit of a blur but once he told me I was in, it was a moment over the wall, a deep breath and then I called my parents.

“My dad was really crying.”

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