Euro 2016: England’s Chris Smalling calms knee injury fears

Chris Smalling

Smalling has won 15 of the 25 England games he has played, scoring one goal

England defender Chris Smalling says he is fully fit for England’s Euro 2016 opener against Russia despite leaving Tuesday’s training session with an ice pack on his left knee.

The 26-year-old said his knee was “normal” and the treatment was part of his usual routine.

“I often ice different parts of my body or jump in an ice bath. It’s just normal recovery process,” he said.

England meet Russia in Group B in Marseille on Saturday.

They face Wales on 16 June and Slovakia on 20 June.

Manchester United centre-back Smalling is expected to start in Roy Hodgson’s side alongside Chelsea’s Gary Cahill or Everton’s John Stones.

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