Kalvin Phillips

Kalvin Phillips has declared himself fit and ready for the World Cup, with the returning Manchester City midfielder ‘very hopeful’ of making England’s 26-man squad for Qatar.

The 26-year-old hasn’t played since September, when he went under the knife for shoulder surgery.

But after City boss Pep Guardiola confirmed Phillips would be in the matchday squad for Wednesday’s Carabao Cup tie against Chelsea, he is increasingly optimistic of playing a role for England in Qatar.

‘The shoulder’s perfectly fine now,’ Phillips told BBC Radio 5 Live’s Monday Night Club.

‘I have gone through a seven-week process of recovering as fast as I possibly can for the World Cup. Everything is going great.

‘I’ve obviously not done it for quite a long time now but I’ve kept my fitness up and I’d like to think I could play 90 minutes.’

Asked about securing one of the midfield spots in Gareth Southgate’s squad, Phillips added that he is ‘very hopeful’ of making the cut.

Southgate will name his final 26-man squad on Thursday, ahead of the tournament starting on November 20.

More to follow.

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