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England stars to watch Queen’s funeral from home and join up with squad late

Gareth Southgate will allow his England stars to watch the Queen's funeral with their families instead of joining up at St George's Park.

The Three Lions were scheduled to report to St George's Park on Monday following the weekend's Premier League games. England face Italy in Milan a week on Friday, before hosting Germany at Wembley three days later in what will be their final matches before heading to the World Cup in Qatar.

But Southgate has seen his plans thrown into confusion due to the fact the state funeral of the Queen will take place on the same day as his stars were due to meet up.

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The event, which has been years in the planning, will be one of the biggest in history and is expected to bring the nation to a standstill. It's understood Southgate has consulted with some of his senior players to discuss what the right thing to do will be.

And he is expected to allow his squad to remain at home with their families to enable them to watch the funeral, before meeting up at St George's Park either later that evening or the following morning.

Southgate, who paid a personal tribute to the Queen last week following her death at the age of 96, would consider training as normal on Monday to be inconceivable in the circumstances.

Southgate will name his latest squad on Thursday, but as a mark of respect to Her Majesty, has cancelled his schedule media conference afterwards. U21 manager Lee Carsley has also cancelled his media activities, which were scheduled to take place on Friday.

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