Gerrard and Lampard train alone

Ashley Cole, who is expected to incur an FA fine, trains at St George's Park

Ashley Cole, who is expected to incur an FA fine, trains at St George's Park

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Steven Gerrard and Frank Lampard missed an historic England training session at St George's Park on Tuesday morning.

Although the duo did take part in a warm-up, they were restricted to solo fitness duties during the first open training session at the Football Association's magnificent new £100m complex at Burton.

Both men are expected to be available for Friday's World Cup qualifier against San Marino at Wembley, as is striker Jermain Defoe, who did gym work while his team-mates trained.

The only other missing player was Chelsea's Ryan Bertrand. The full-back was only called up on Monday but has a sore throat and was confined to his room.

Also present, and taking up the left-back position in what appeared to be Roy Hodgson's first-choice defence, was Ashley Cole.

The Chelsea defender was yesterday charged by the Football Association over his offensive Tweet last Friday.

Cole seems certain to receive a heavy fine for his reaction to the FA questioning the evidence he gave to John Terry's racism case.

However, FA chairman David Bernstein has revealed that Cole apologised to him personally last night and stressed that Hodgson will decide whether the Chelsea full-back plays against San Marino at Wembley, which would be his 99th cap.

After training the England players were involved in a meet and greet with the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and the Duke, president of the FA, shook hands with Cole.

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