England have had their squad reduced to just 17 outfield players as another FOUR players have dropped out through injury.
Arsenal’s Danny Welbeck, Manchester City’s James Milner (both knee), Liverpool’s Raheem Sterling (toe), and Everton’s Leighton Baines have all dropped out of the squad for the Three Lions’ friendly with Italy in Turn on Tuesday. These four injuries all came during England’s European Qualifier against Lithuania on Friday night. Welbeck was replaced after 77 minutes.
This brings the total number of injury dropouts to NINE. Danny Rose, Fraser Forster, Daniel Sturridge, Adam Lallana and Luke Shaw had all dropped out before the game against Lithuania.
Southampton’s Ryan Bertrand and Tottenham’s Ryan Mason have been called in as replacements.
England manager Roy Hodgson said:
“We knew we were going to be losing Raheem Sterling who had an injection last night on an on-going injury and hopefully that will help him as we go forward. We have a problem with James Milner who had to leave, we decided to let Leighton Baines go home and of course we lost Danny Welbeck who unfortunately picked up a slight knee injury against Lithuania.”
“So those four players won’t be with us going forward but it means a chance for the other guys in the squad to show what they can do. We are going to bring Ryan Bertrand in because with Leighton Baines gone we are now left with only one recognised left-back which is Kieran Gibbs. We wanted two recognised left-backs for both games.”