Stones misses training as Dunk brushes off talk of vulnerable England defence

Manchester City defender suffering from illnessDunk could play against Serbia if Stones misses out

Gareth Southgate’s preparations for England’s opening game at Euro 2024 have hit another complication after illness prevented John Stones from taking part in the squad’s first defensive session in training on Wednesday.

Southgate, who has already left Harry Maguire at home because of a calf injury, has been dealing with various concerns in defence before his side play Serbia in their first match in Group C on Sunday. ­Maguire’s absence is a blow, Luke Shaw is still recovering from a hamstring tear and Stones required treatment on his right ankle after England’s defeat by Iceland last Friday.

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