Everton striker Dominic Calvert-Lewin withdraws from England squad for World Cup qualifiers due to injury but Gareth Southgate decides not to call up a replacement despite bright starts for Mason Greenwood and Danny Ings
- Dominic Calvert-Lewin suffered a thigh strain against Brighton on Saturday
- He will take no part in England’s three upcoming World Cup qualifiers
- The Three Lions face Hungary, Andorra and Poland in the space of eight days
Everton striker Dominic Calvert-Lewin has withdrawn from the England squad for their upcoming World Cup qualifiers.
Sportsmail reported on Monday that Calvert-Lewin was a major doubt for the games against Hungary, Andorra and Poland after picking up a thigh strain in the Toffees’ win at Brighton — and the FA have confirmed his absence.
Gareth Southgate has decided against calling up a replacement for the 24-year-old despite the bright starts made by Mason Greenwood and Danny Ings this season.
Everton striker Dominic Calvert-Lewin has withdrawn from the England squad
Gareth Southgate has decided against calling up a replacement for the 24-year-old despite the bright starts made by Mason Greenwood and Danny Ings
Centre back Tyrone Mings, who missed Aston Villa’s draw with Brentford, remains with the squad despite a troubling hip injury.
Southgate welcomed his players to St George’s Park yesterday for the first time since losing to Italy on penalties in the Euro 2020 final.
The England boss held a team meeting with his players on Monday night in which he stressed the importance of focusing their attentions on qualifying for the 2022 World Cup, following the euphoria — and eventual disappointment — of their summer exploits.
Calvert-Lewin sustained a thigh strain during Saturday’s 2-0 Premier League win at Brighton
Southgate said he was ‘always going to pick the bulk of the squad from the summer” given their performances in the Euros and the importance of these matches, meaning there were not many major changes when the group was announced last week.
Marcus Rashford and Phil Foden missed out through injury, while Southgate said Ben White and Ben Chilwell were effectively ruled out by their disrupted start to the season.
Trent Alexander-Arnold, Nick Pope and Jesse Lingard were handed recalls to a squad that saw Patrick Bamford receive his maiden senior call-up.