Pep Guardiola gives Man City's Kalvin Phillips World Cup fitness hope for England

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Pep Guardiola has given England manager Gareth Southgate hope that Kalvin Phillips will be fit for the World Cup.

Phillips has undergone shoulder surgery and missed the last two internationals against Italy and Germany.

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The midfielder is facing a race against time to prove his fitness before Qatar but Guardiola insists the 26-year-old is on track.

"I hope [he can be fit], I hope for him and the national team," Guardiola said on Tuesday. "But I am not a physio. The doctor told me he is doing good."

Phillips will miss the Champions League tie with FC Copenhagen on Wednesday as he continues his recovery.

Meanwhile Rodri remains a doubt after he missed the Manchester derby but Kyle Walker is unavailable after limping off during the first half of the 6-3 win at the Etihad Stadium on Sunday.

"Rodri feels better," Guardiola added. "Kyle, I think is out. But we have training later [on Tuesday]."

City sit top of Group G after starting their Champions League campaign with wins over Sevilla and Borussia Dortmund.

FC Copenhagen are the bottom seeds in the group but Guardiola said his team will not underestimate the Danish champions.

"I pay attention to my team," he said. "I pay attention if they take seriously or not the compliments in the last games. If someone talks too much, I don't like it. I pay attention in training who behaves.

"For one game, everything can happen. Last night I watch Copenhagen against Dortmund and today I saw them with their new manager and against Sevilla. I don't watch the table or the position, I watch who they are as a team."