Bertrand the only absentee from England training

Date published: Tuesday 7th June 2016 12:04

Ryan Bertrand was again absent as England held an open training session at their Chantilly base on Tuesday.

Bertrand has been receiving treatment on an unspecified knock since playing in the 2-1 win over Australia at the Stadium of Light on May 27.

The Southampton left-back was present at the Stade de Bourgognes facility but while the rest of his team-mates took part in a full session, he went for a rehabilitation session with medical staff.

England are being cautious with the 26-year-old but believe he may be fully fit by the end of the week.

But with their opening Euro 2016 group game against Russia in Marseille on Saturday, he is highly unlikely to nudge ahead of Danny Rose.

England were welcomed with a speech from the mayor of Chantilly, Eric Woerth, and a rendition of God Save the Queen by representatives of the area’s Anglophone Parents’ Association.

Manager Roy Hodgson responded with a short speech in French, watched on by around 400 spectators from the local school and junior players from US Chantilly, who own the ground.

Meanwhile, Hodgson’s plan for his players to pay tribute to those who died in the Battle of the Somme during World War I has been scrapped by the FA.

Head of performance Dave Reddin said the three-hour round trip from the squad’s base in Chantilly would be “too draining”, according to The Times.

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