Gary Cahill missed the training session with the rest of the England squad ahead of their friendly against Turkey on Sunday (22 May) at the City of Manchester Stadium as they begin preparations for Euro 2016 in earnest. The defender missed it after he picked up a knock while playing for Chelsea in their final Premier League game against Leicester City at Stamford Bridge.
"Of the 18 players available for the trip to the Manchester City Stadium, all but one took part in the session. Gary Cahill sat out after picking up a knock playing for Chelsea at the weekend," a statement on the FA website read.
The Blues defender's absence meant John Stones was the only fit central defender training with the squad owing to Chris Smalling's absence due to Manchester United's participation in the FA Cup finals on Saturday. Roy Hodgson had called up 26 players in his provisional squad, with three players set to be omitted ahead of the 31 May deadline for the final squad. Eight players were missing during training on Wednesday (18 May), three of them are with the Red Devils preparing for the finals, while the other five players were taking part in Liverpool's Europa League final on Wednesday, which they lost 3-1 to Sevilla.
The Three Lions manager has been criticised for selecting just three centre-backs in order to accommodate an extra forward, and could rethink his strategy before the deadline to name the final 23-man squad after the latest injury left him with limited options at the back. Everton defender Phil Jagielka was one of the high profile omissions when the former Liverpool manager named his final squad, while forward Theo Walcott was also snubbed owing to his lack of game time with Arsenal this season.