Ledley King returned to training on Thursday, although he was unable to take part in any contact sessions. The Tottenham Hotspur defender had been unable to do anything other than gym work since suffering a groin strain during the opening minutes of England's 1-1 draw with United States last weekend. King is still not thought to be available for Sunday's second round game against Germany, but should the Three Lions progress may be available for a quarter-final against Argentina or Mexico. Aaron Lennon sat out training with an ankle injury. The Football Association played down the ankle injury Wayne Rooney
suffered against Slovenia on Wednesday night will not put his participation in Sunday's game in doubt. All the players who took part against Slovenia, including Rooney, were restricted to gym work on Thursday.