Shocking: Six players have withdrawn their names from the England squad for the upcoming friendlies

Wilshere may well make a late cut to the team after added absentees.


Six England players have withdrawn their names from the England squad that was selected for the friendlies against Germany and Brazil in the International break.

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Sterling played part in City’s win over Arsenal on Sunday

It all started with the Tottenham trio taking their names off from the squad after their match against Crystal Palace on Sunday. Now two more Man City players and one Liverpool player have also decided not to join for England and have withdrawn. All the players have opted out for their injury issues.

The Tottenham trio are Harry Kane, Harry Winks and Dele Alli, while league leaders Manchester City duo Raheem Sterling and Fabian Delph have joined them along with Liverpool’s Jordan Henderson.

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Harry Kane has been in sublime form this season

Kane received treatment for his ankle problem in the last match and that has kept him out of the squad while Dele Alli was out before the match. Harry Winks twisted his ankle and he is also unavailable for England.

Raheem Sterling and Fabian Delph both played in the Man City’s win over Arsenal on Sunday, but the latter was injured in closing stages while Sterling was taken off 12 minutes from time for his injury woes.

Jordan Henderson also missed out Liverpool’s game due to thigh strain and he has decided to withdraw himself from England team as well.

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Henderson missed last Premier League game due to thigh problem

England have already called replacements for their first three absentees. Michael Keane has been asked to fill in for Harry Winks and West Brom midfielder Jake Livermore has been also included as well. It has to be seen whether Gareth Southgate names any more late call ups or he sticks with the curtailed squad he has at the moment.

The absence of Kane means that it will provide opportunities for youngsters like Marcus Rashford and Tammy Abraham in the matches.

England host Germany in Wembley and then Brazil on 10th and 14th November respectively.