England team news: Southgate confirms Phil Foden among trio to miss Hungary game; Sterling doubtful

Gareth Southgate has confirmed that Phil Foden will miss England’s Nations League games with Hungary and Germany after testing positive for Covid-19.

The Manchester City star has been sent home from the Three Lions, but boss Gareth Southgate says he should be available for the games against Italy and Hungary at Molineux.

Southgate said: “Phil Foden has tested positive for Covid so he has had to leave.

“Hopefully he will be able to meet up when we come back from Germany. It depends on his symptoms and how his breathing is. It affects everyone differently.”

Southgate also revealed defenders Fikayo Tomori and Marc Guehi are injured and will miss out against Hungary on Saturday. Raheem Sterling is a doubt having missed some training sessions.

“Fikayo and Marc Guehi arrived with injuries but are progressing well. They won’t be involved in tomorrow’s game but might be OK for Germany.

“Raheem has missed a couple of sessions.”

The Three Lions are playing at the Puskas Arena again, where they were subject to sickening racist abuse last time they played there.

The game is technically being played behind closed doors even though there will be 30,000 in attendance.

Southgate said: “We have got to deal with whatever comes to us. We have made our feelings clear on where we stand on inclusivity and our feelings in terms of racism and its unacceptability.

“Hopefully the young people in the stadium will realise why this opportunity has happened. We have got to keep doing the right things and setting the right example.”

England manager Gareth Southgate alongside Harry Kane

Kane close to reaching England half-century

Meanwhile, skipper Harry Kane is one goal away from hitting the magical 50 mark for his country. And the Tottenham man has been reflecting on his time as a Three Lions player.

He said: “It seems like a long time ago I made my debut.

“It’s still one of the best feelings, playing for England and pulling on the shirt. Back then it wasn’t a number I had in my head. It all goes so quickly with the games and major tournaments. It’s great to be nearer 50, although, still a few behind Wazza!

“I’d like to break it as soon as possible and see where we go from there.

“I don’t let that stuff effect me on the pitch. It’s not about records, it’s about getting the three points and winning the game.”