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Raheem Sterling trains with England on eve of France quarter-final

England’s Raheem Sterling was back in training on Friday (Martin Rickett/PA)
England’s Raheem Sterling was back in training on Friday (Martin Rickett/PA)

England forward Raheem Sterling returned to training on the eve of the World Cup quarter-final against France fresh from rejoining the squad in Qatar.

The 28-year-old did not feature in last weekend’s last-16 win against Senegal due to concerns over his family’s wellbeing following an incident at his home in Surrey.

Sterling head backed to the UK to deal with the matter but linked back up with England in Qatar on Friday as preparations gear up for the World Cup clash against France.

England’s Raheem Sterling (centre) trained on Friday
England’s Raheem Sterling (centre) trained on Friday (Peter Byrne/PA)

The forward was part of the 25-man group training at Al Wakrah Sports Complex on Friday afternoon.

Sterling was joined in the session by midfielder Declan Rice and centre-back John Stones after some questions over their availability.

Striker Callum Wilson was also involved in the session having dealt with a muscle strain this week.

But, while the Newcastle frontman was in training, Southgate admitted he needed to be assessed ahead of the France game.

Callum Wilson
Callum Wilson will need to be assessed ahead of the France game (Mike Egerton/PA).

“(Stones and Rice) are both in training,” he told talkSPORT. “Callum Wilson has missed a little bit of training, so we’ve got to assess him.

“Raheem’s arrived back this morning so we’re going to have to assess exactly where he is at.

“He’s obviously missed a lot of training but great to have him back with the group.”