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World Cup 2014: England Fitness Boost For Roy Hodgson

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England's World Cup squad have given boss Roy Hodgson a positive fitness boost after every squad member was able to play a part in Wednesday's training.

The players are currently in Portugal for a pre-tournament training camp.

Phil Jones suffered a shoulder injury in early May but was able to do non-contact work with standby defender John Stones, who tweaked a knee on Tuesday.

Midfielders Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Jack Wilshere have recovered from groin and foot problems.

Manchester United defender Jones suffered his injury against Hull in the club's penultimate game of the season but Old Trafford officials had previously suggested the player would be fit for Brazil.

His United team-mate Wayne Rooney, who missed the final three games of the season with a groin injury, was also able to take part in the full session, where England are using the official World Cup ball in preparation for the tournament.

Hodgson's team take on Peru in a friendly at Wembley on 30 May and go to Miami for matches against Ecuador and Honduras before their opening World Cup game against Italy in Manaus on 14 June.

However, the England boss is adamant he does not have a side in mind for that crucial first fixture.

The former Liverpool and West Brom boss said: 'We are a long way off. I don't know how the players are going to be performing in three or four weeks. I don't know how their fitness will be either.'

Although Hodgson is still pondering his own options, he is already preparing his players with specific video sessions on Italy.

He added: 'We are doing a lot of video work in Portugal.

'We will be showing the players in units aspects of the Italian game and how that affects us and what we are going to be wanting to do.

'We are not doing it as individual players. We are talking about how our midfield is going to attack or defend. It will be all the midfielders and not just the four or five who we might choose.'

In addition to Italy, England also face a group encounter with Uruguay on 19 June, before meeting Costa Rica five days later.

BBC SPORT