Raheem Sterling and Callum Wilson out of Chelsea and Newcastle’s starting XIs just days before World Cup with England

    As the start of the World Cup approaches, two of England’s stars were absent from their respective club’s final starting XIs.

    Raheem Sterling and Callum Wilson have both been named in Gareth Southgate’s 26-man squad for the tournament in Qatar, which kicks-off on 20 November.

    Wilson did not start against Chelsea as a result of recent illness

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    Wilson did not start against Chelsea as a result of recent illness

    However, the duo were both missing from their final club match before the break for the World Cup as Newcastle hosted Chelsea in the Premier League.

    Sterling was not named in the matchday squad for the Blues, with head coach Graham Potter confirming beforehand the 27-year-old missed training on Friday through sickness.

    Wilson was also ill prior to the match, but boss Eddie Howe still selected him on the bench for the Magpies.

    Chelsea named a starting line-up that had six graduates from their Cobham academy, including Armando Broja and Lewis Hall, who made his first Premier League start for the club.

    Mason Mount and Conor Gallagher also appeared from the off, with the duo joining teammate Sterling at the World Cup with England.

    Like their west London opponents Newcastle have three representatives with the Three Lions in Qatar with Wilson being joined by Nick Pope and Kieran Trippier, who started on Saturday night.

    Both Sterling and Wilson will be hoping to be fully fit prior to their opening World Cup match against Iran.

    Southgate has selected a talented squad to join him on the trip to Qatar, with a lot of competition for starting places as England seek their second ever title.

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