Reece James set to MISS OUT on England’s World Cup squad with Gareth Southgate having already finalised his 26-man party… but fellow injury doubts Kyle Walker and Kalvin Phillips are further ahead in recovery and set to be named

  • Gareth Southgate will reveal his England team for the World Cup on Thursday
  • Southgate has though already picked his 26-man squad for the trip to Qatar
  • The likes of Reece James, Kyle Walker and Kalvin Phillips face an anxious wait
  • The trio have been fitness concerns due to injury but hope to make the squad 
  • Click here for all the latest World Cup 2022 news and updates

Gareth Southgate has made personal fitness checks on his World Cup walking wounded with injured Reece James set to miss out.

England boss Southgate has already finalised his 26-man squad for Qatar with James, Kyle Walker and Kalvin Phillips – who would in normal circumstances be selected in Thursday’s squad – major doubts due to serious fitness concerns.

Southgate is believed to have personally spoken to the players whose selection have been thrown into doubt due to injury in the last few days.

Reece James limped off for Chelsea in Milan in October and is now set to miss the World Cup

Reece James limped off for Chelsea in Milan in October and is now set to miss the World Cup

England boss Gareth Southgate has already picked his 26-man squad for the World Cup

England boss Gareth Southgate has already picked his 26-man squad for the World Cup

James spoke to Southgate last week to update the England boss on his recovery from a knee injury.

Of the injured trio, James is furthest behind in his recovery – an issue that has not worked in his favour with the right-back expected to miss out.

Walker and Phillips have declared themselves fit for selection, in what arrives as a big boost to Southgate.

Indeed, Phillips could make his return from shoulder surgery in Wednesday night’s EFL Cup game against Chelsea.

However, Sportsmail understands that this week’s cup ties will have little or no bearing on Southgate’s final squad selection as he has already finalised his travelling party for Qatar.

Manchester City duo Kyle Walker (above) and Kalvin Phillips are also carrying fitness concerns

Phillips has only played 14 minutes of football this season

Manchester City duo Kyle Walker (left) and Kalvin Phillips are also carrying fitness concerns

Phillips has played just 14 minutes of football so far this season.

Walker is also available for selection after making a miraculous recovery from groin surgery that has amazed Manchester City medics.

James is out of a protective brace and commenced running. However, his training schedule remains basic.

He is set to step up his rehabilitation programme in the coming days, adding more turns to his running which will test out his injured knee.

But Southgate still harbours major doubts over James’ availability for the tournament even though the player believed he could feature in the latter stages.

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