South­gate sweats on fit­ness of play­ers

Sunday Independent (Ireland) - Sport - - SOCCER -

THE avail­abil­ity of Joe Gomez and Jack Wil­shere is in doubt ahead of Eng­land’s Wem­b­ley friendly against Italy on Tues­day.

Less than three months be­fore the World Cup gets un­der way, Jesse Lin­gard’s first in­ter­na­tional goal se­cured the Three Lions a de­served 1-0 win against the Nether­lands in Am­s­ter­dam.

Eng­land man­ager Gareth South­gate learned a lot from a friendly that was just 10 min­utes old when Liver­pool de­fender Gomez’s sec­ond se­nior ap­pear­ance was brought to a pre­ma­ture end through in­jury.

While it is un­der­stood that re­place­ment Harry Maguire’s with­drawal late in pro­ceed­ings was not a se­ri­ous mat­ter, Gomez’s in­jury is an­other headache for South­gate as he waits to see if Wil­shere is avail­able for Eng­land’s fi­nal friendly be­fore nam­ing his World Cup squad.

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