Terry fitness boost for England
John Terry was fully fit at England training on Monday
John Terry trained with England on Monday and looked to have won his battle to be fit for the World Cup double-header against Moldova and Ukraine.
But Chelsea team-mate Ashley Cole was in a race against time to recover for the latter qualifier after being ruled out of Friday's match in Chisinau with an ankle injury.
Blues captain Terry played a full part at England's London Colney base, looking completely untroubled by his recent neck injury as he headed several balls during the session of more than an hour.
Cole earlier became the second player to withdraw from what had been a 24-man squad for Friday's Group H opener, having struggled with an ankle problem since Chelsea's UEFA Super Cup defeat against Atletico Madrid on Friday.
The 31-year-old was set to be reassessed on Sunday to determine whether he would be fit for next Tuesday's home game against Ukraine.
The injury ended Cole's hopes of becoming the first full-back to win 100 England caps during this month's double-header. He is currently on 98 and will have to wait until at least next month to reach his century.
It was unclear on Monday whether his ankle injury was related to the long-standing issue that has needed to be managed after matches for club and country.
England boss Roy Hodgson is unlikely to call up cover, with Leighton Baines and Ryan Bertrand having both been named in the original squad.
Striker Andy Carroll had already been ruled out of both games after suffering a hamstring injury on his West Ham debut on Saturday, while Hodgson was already without Wayne Rooney, who suffered a gashed leg playing for Manchester United before the squad was named.
Sixteen of England's 22 remaining players trained on Monday, with those involved in matches on Sunday restricted to gym work: captain Steven Gerrard, Danny Welbeck, Glen Johnson, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Michael Carrick and Tom Cleverley.
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we have to get to the next WC first! That means qualifying and for that you need your more experienced players
for gods sake this is a board about jt and england not man utd! why the fcuk does everything end up with a knock at rooney or man utd! get over your bloody obsession bog!
why is grandad terry in the squad at all
to old,to slow
he never were good enough to pull on the england shirt
zulu and allan jones
The point you both make is valid and I suppose it's a bit of a catch 22. We need younger players to start playing together in competitive matches to gain experience and gel as a team in time for the tournament. But if in doing so we have failed to qualify, what's the point? Do we ensure qualification and then alter the team, giving them less experience, or throw them all in at the deep end and hope they pull it off?
I certainly don't have the answer to that one
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