World Cup 2022 LIVE: Kyle Walker OUT of first England game as Maddison misses training, Mane out for Netherlands clash
Good morning football fans
Kyle Walker has ruled himself OUT of England’s World Cup opener against Iran.
Gareth Southgate selected the Manchester City star in his 26-man squad for Qatar, despite him having not played for his club since October 2.
Walker, 32, gave his manager a boost by taking part in England training today.
The defender took part in a session at the Al Wakrah SC Stadium – where temperatures reached 32C on Wednesday.
But the opener vs Iran next Monday will come too soon for the full-back, according to Sky Sports.
Walker himself claims, however, that he will “raring to go” for their next matches.
The Three Lions take on the USA on Friday, 25 November, before a Battle of Britain tussle with Wales on Tuesday, 29 November.
Meanwhile, Ivan Toney has been charged with 232 breaches of FA betting rules.
The news comes just days after the Brentford striker missed out on Gareth Southgate’s 26-man England World Cup squad.
In a statement, the FA confirmed: “Ivan Toney has been charged with misconduct in relation to alleged breached of the FA’s betting rules.
“It is alleged that the Brentford FC forward breached FA Rule E8 232 times between 25 February 2017 and 23 January 2021.
“Ivan Toney has until Thursday 24 November 2022 to provide a response.”
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