Euro 2012: Ashley Cole trains with England after stomach bug fears

By Phil McNultyChief football writer, BBC Sport
Ashley Cole (third from left) trains with England in Krakow
Ashley Cole (third from left) trains with England in Krakow

Ashley Cole took part in England's training session at Krakow's Hutnik Stadium as England continued their Euro 2012 preparations.

Cole missed a civic reception in Krakow on Thursday evening amid suggestions he had been suffering from a stomach bug.

But the Chelsea defender, 31, was among the first players out for an open session in front of 3,000 fans.

Jermain Defoe was the only player not on show as he has returned to England following the death of his father.

England's players were greeted very warmly by the locals and responded to the reception as they were met by a guard of honour formed by school children.

Cole joined a brief warm up with England's players before joining Joe Hart, Glen Johnson, Joleon Lescott, James Milner, Scott Parker, John Terry and Theo Walcott for a session in the stadium's gymnasium.

The Football Association insisted this was all part of England plans after a harder training day on Thursday and there was nothing untoward in the players leaving the main session.

Roy Hodgson's side kick off their Euro 2012 campaign against France in Donetsk on Monday.