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Launchbury undergoes late fitness test for England

Joe Launchbury underwent a fitness check while his England team-mates trained for Saturday's first Test against South Africa. Credit: PA

Joe Launchbury underwent a fitness check while his England team-mates trained for Saturday's first Test against South Africa in Johannesburg.

The Wasps lock is expected to start the series opener at Ellis Park but his inability to practise with the remainder of the squad raises doubts over his availability.

Sam Simmonds, the Exeter number eight, also missed the session completed at Kings Park due to an unspecified injury.

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Chelsea teenager trains with England World Cup squad

Chalobah joined brother Nathaniel during the session. Credit: PA

Chelsea teenager Trevoh Chalobah trained with England's World Cup squad on Monday morning.

Defender Chalobah, 18, was invited to St George's Park after the withdrawal of Burnley's James Tarkowski - who was on standby for Russia.

Chalobah has not played a senior game for the Blues but has been a star performer in their youth set-up and was part of England's victorious under-19 side at the 2017 European Championship.

Leicester's Harry Maguire was missing from training but he is not carrying an injury and is instead following a personalised conditioning programme.

Chalobah joined brother Nathaniel during the session, with the Watford midfielder working alongside the senior squad following an injury-hit season.

Three Lions boss Gareth Southgate welcomed his Chelsea and Manchester United continent back after granting them an extra week off - meaning Gary Cahill, Ashley Young, Jesse Lingard, Marcus Rashford and Phil Jones were back on show.

Burnley goalkeeper Tom Heaton, who is providing back-up for Jordan Pickford, Jack Butland and club-mate Nick Pope before they head to Russia, also reported for duty after sitting out the first week in camp.

Manchester City prospect Angus Gunn deputised then but has now left the group.

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