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Soccer Football - Premier League - Tottenham Hotspur v Cardiff City - Wembley Stadium, London, Britain - October 6, 2018 Tottenham's Danny Rose reacts after sustaining an injury. (Photo: Reuters)
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Tottenham Hotspur defender Danny Rose has been withdrawn from England's squad ahead of their Nations League matches against Croatia and Spain this weekend due to injury, the English Football Association said on Thursday.

The FA described Rose's injury as "minor" and said that he would return to Tottenham immediately. Fellow left back Luke Shaw also withdrew from Gareth Southgate's squad on Monday due to an unspecified injury.

Rose has made six appearances in the Premier League for Tottenham this season, starting five times. He last featured in the 1-0 victory over Cardiff City last weekend, where he was substituted late in the contest.

Southampton goalkeeper Alex McCarthy will also miss the matches due to injury.

England, who are second in Nations League A Group 4, face third-placed Croatia in Rijeka on Friday before taking on leaders Spain in Seville on Monday.

The 55 national teams currently participating in the inaugural UEFA Nations League will see a 50 percent increase in solidarity fees paid to them, European soccer's governing body UEFA has said.

The 12 strongest teams based on UEFA rankings - divided into four groups of three in League A - will each receive 2.25 million euros ($2.6 million) in solidarity fees, an increase of 750,000 euros from the amount announced in March.

Each group winner in League A will be given an additional 2.25 million euros as a bonus, up from 1.5 million euros.

"The decision to increase the solidarity and bonus payments was taken by the UEFA executive committee and was made possible by UEFA's solid financial situation," UEFA said in a statement.

UEFA added the financial boost was also due to their earnings from Euro 2016 that were set aside for future investment.

League A group winners will compete for the UEFA Nations League trophy in June 2019 and the champions stand to gain 6 million euros in solidarity fees - taking the maximum they could earn from the tournament to 10.5 million euros.

The event, created to replace friendly internationals that were unpopular with clubs, players and fans as they interrupted league action, largely got the thumbs up after the first batch of matches in September.

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