Hodgson hails England training camp

21 May 2014 01:01

Manager Roy Hodgson believes England's World Cup preparations have got off to an excellent start with three positive days of training at Vale do Lobo.

The 30-man contingent are training in the warm weather of southern Portugal and, barring a training-ground knock suffered by Everton full-back John Stones, Hodgson has not suffered any fresh injury setbacks as he prepares the players for next Friday's warm-up friendly against Peru at Wembley.

Manchester United defender Phil Jones is also recovering well from a shoulder injury and the England boss hopes he will be involved before the squad return home.

He told a press conference broadcast on Sky Sports News: "T he first three days have gone as well as I could possibly have hoped for. But there's a long way to go and three more days to get through but we've made a good start.

"We had a slightly unfortunate incident with John Stones. He twisted his knee very slightly in training but it's nothing serious.

"He could have trained but we decided to leave him out because it's so early on and we don't want to take any risks.

"It was nice to see Phil Jones joining in the warm-up. He's training very very well and it looks like he might be taking part even before the end of this week."

Source: PA