Manchester United defender Phil Jones may not be included in England’s matchday squad to face the Super Eagles of Nigeria at Wembley on Saturday in a pre-World Cup friendly.
According to Sky Sports News, Jones’ partner is due to give birth, meaning he may be allowed to miss the World Cup warm-up game against Nigeria.
Jones is one of four recognised centre-backs in Gareth Southgate’s 23-man England squad for the World Cup in Russia, along with John Stones, Harry Maguire and Gary Cahill.
With Kyle Walker and Eric Dier also able to play in that position, Southgate feels there is adequate cover without bringing in another player to train with the squad.
Liverpool’s Joe Gomez and Swansea’s Alfie Mawson are both out injured, while Jones’ club team-mate Chris Smalling was dropped by Southgate.
Burnley’s James Tarkowski has already been taken off the standby list to have hernia surgery.
After Saturday’s friendly against Nigeria, England will face Costa Rica on Thursday.
The Super are in Group D at the World Cup along with Croatia, Argentina and Iceland, while England are in Group G at this summer’s World Cup alongside debutant Panama, Tunisia and Belgium.