Manchester United defender Phil Jones is doubtful for this weekend's England pre-World Cup friendly against the Super Eagles.

As reported by Sky Sports, the 26-year-old England international will be given the day off as his partner is due to give birth next week.

Jones's likely absence leaves England light of options, with only three other recognised centre-backs for manager Gareth Southgate to choose from - Manchester City's John Stones, Leicester City defender Harry Maguire and Chelsea captain Gary Cahill.

James Tarkowski has already withdrawn from the standby list as he requires a hernia operation as Three Lions boss has indicated that there will be no replacement for the Burnley star.

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Southgate is said to be happy with his strength in depth, as Premier League winner Kyle Walker and Tottenham Hotspurs man Eric Dier will also able to deputise in that position if required.

England hosts Super Eagles at Wembley on Saturday before playing Costa Rica five days later at Elland Road.

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