England's Trio to leave squad, Welbeck doubtful for Italy test

AFP , Saturday 28 Mar 2015

Raheem Sterling
England's Raheem Sterling (Photo: Reuters)

England manager Roy Hodgson revealed on Friday that Raheem Sterling, Leighton Baines and James Milner will all drop out of the squad for next week's friendly with Italy.

Southampton left-back Ryan Bertrand has been brought into the squad, while Danny Welbeck is a doubt for the game after injuring his knee during Friday's 4-0 win over Lithuania in Euro 2016 qualifying.

"Leighton Baines, it was always my intention to play him in this game and give Kieran Gibbs, or initially Luke Shaw, a game in the second game," Hodgson told reporters.

"We lost Luke and Danny Rose (to injury), and Ryan Bertrand will join us tomorrow (Saturday). Leighton won't be there. Raheem Sterling won't be there.

"The other person will be James Milner, who has a knee problem which he's been playing through.

"He made himself available in case we needed him, but we don't think we can risk him on Tuesday. He'll go back for a scan and some treatment to be fit for (Manchester) City."

Hodgson said that Sterling, who scored his first England goal against Lithuania, required an injection for a toe injury, while Welbeck, who also scored, "tweaked his knee" late in the game.

"We were planning to take him off anyway," Hodgson said on Welbeck.

"He's being assessed by the medical staff, but we won't get a proper idea until tomorrow.

"The medical staff gave me the impression they're not terribly worried about it, but that Tuesday may be too soon. But we'll see."

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