The midfielder sustained a severe dead leg early on in the Three Lions’ draw with Germany last Tuesday but recovered sufficiently to come off the bench with 25 minutes remaining in the goalless stalemate with Italy on Saturday.
“Got to be checked post training, one or two bumps and bruises so we’ll assess over the rest of the day but everyone was on the training pitch so that was definitely a good sign,” he said on Monday afternoon.
Southgate is using this block of four post-season Nations League fixtures to look at players and help form decisions that will finalise his thinking for November’s World Cup squad selection.
He also wants three points against Hungary, however, after the June 4th defeat at Puskás Aréna Park in Budapest.
“Win the game first of all,” he said.
“But as you’re aware throughout this period I have several different objectives that I’m trying to achieve. We have players who are fresh, that could be important, the squad is important. There’s definitely some things we want and need to see. We’ve got a different sort of tactical challenge. Every team in the group and lots of teams around Europe are finding it difficult against Hungary, they’re a good side.
“There’s a lot for us to take from the game and I have to say this group has been incredible, their mentality, their desire to play for England, to work every day on the training pitch, to get better, we’re very fortunate to have a group as committed as they are.”
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