Hodgson: Welbeck fit to face Italy

“Danny’s fit,” Hodgson said in his pre-match press conference at the Amazonia Arena. “I’m very fortunate that even after four weeks of preparation, the only player who isn’t available for selection is Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain. That we knew, so there can be no complaints on that score.”

British newspapers reported on Tuesday that Manchester United forward Welbeck had been forced out of a closed training session with a thigh injury and he did not train with the squad on Wednesday.

Arsenal midfielder Oxlade-Chamberlain is working his way back to fitness after damaging knee ligaments in a friendly against Ecuador.

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