Manchester City defender Joleon Lescott is struggling with knee and groin problems while with England.

The Manchester City ace joined fellow centre-back John Terry - who has a hamstring niggle - and SEVEN other stars in skipping training yesterday.

Hodgson looks to have a major headache in defence, just two days before his men face a bang in form France side who are unbeaten in 21 games.

The Daily Star says Lescott would not have played in City's dramatic last game of the season against QPR if they had wrapped up the title in their previous match.