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England get double Euro 2024 injury boost as key stars make injury comebacks

John Stones looks forward and points during England training
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Luke Shaw and John Stones were back in training as England ramped up their preparations for Euro 2024 on Tuesday. Manager Gareth Southgate has been grappling with fitness concerns and player absences ahead of the summer tournament.

However, all 26 squad members participated in Tuesday's training session, marking their first practice since landing in Germany the night before. A small crowd gathered at Ernst-Abbe-Sportfeld in Jena to watch Shaw and Stones join the session.

Stones, who had left the pitch with an injury during Friday's 1-0 friendly defeat to Iceland, appears to have overcome that potential setback. He also trained as part of his recovery from the hamstring problems he's been battling since mid-February.

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England will kick off their Group C campaign on Sunday against Serbia in Gelsenkirchen, followed by matches against Denmark and Slovenia.

With seasoned pros like skipper Harry Kane, Kieran Trippier, John Stones and Kyle Walker guiding the youthful energy of Jude Bellingham, Phil Foden, Cole Palmer and Kobbie Mainoo, there's a genuine chance that England could be lifting the Henri Delaunay Trophy on Sunday, July 14.

However, they'll have to overcome Europe's elite to achieve this feat, with powerhouses such as France, Portugal, Spain and Italy boasting formidable squads. But before they can take on the best, they must first navigate through the Group Stage - something they've managed in every Euros since 2004.