England worked in unison with Man City to ensure there was no risk to the fitness of Three Lions stars Kyle Walker and Kalvin Phillips ahead of Gareth Southgate picking his final selection for the World Cup
- England sent physios to Manchester City in the weeks leading up to the World Cup
- The Three Lions want to evaluate the fitness of Kyle Walker and Kalvin Phillips
- Gareth Southgate has been in touch with City boss Pep Guardiola about the duo
- Both players played for England during their 3-0 win over Wales on Tuesday
England regularly sent physios to Manchester City in the weeks leading up to the World Cup to help speed up Kyle Walker’s return to fitness.
Walker and teammate Kalvin Phillips suffered serious injuries and underwent surgery in the months leading up to Qatar and were considered major doubts to make the tournament.
City and the FA worked together to ensure both players would be available as soon as possible, with Walker’s recovery from groin surgery seen as particularly speedy.
England sent regular physios to check the fitness of both Kyle Walker and Kalvin Phillips
The FA’s medical team were welcomed to City’s training ground to monitor the pair’s progress before Gareth Southgate named his 26-man squad, with similar practices used for players from other clubs across the of the country.
Southgate remained in touch with City manager Pep Guardiola as the England manager deliberated on his squad. But the respective medical departments took charge of the liaison around programs and detailed reports during the rehabilitation process, in a sign that the clubs and the national team can work in harmony.
Phillips, who returned from a shoulder problem in the Carabao Cup win against Chelsea three weeks ago, had 32 minutes off the bench in Tuesday’s 3-0 win over Wales.
After battling a torn groin, right-back Walker returned to competitive action for the first time since early October with a start in the final group game and impressed during a short-lived performance less than an hour.
Gareth Southgate stayed in touch with Pep Guardiola when deciding on his England squad