Wilshere withdraws from England squad due to knee injury

Reuters , Saturday 24 Mar 2018

Soccer Football - Europa League Round of 16 Second Leg - Arsenal vs AC Milan - Emirates Stadium, London, Britain - March 15, 2018 Arsenal's Jack Wilshere applauds fans after the match REUTERS

Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere will miss England's friendly against Italy at Wembley on Tuesday as he continues his recovery from a knee injury, the Football Association (FA) said on Saturday.

The 26-year-old, who received an England call-up for the first time since 2016, missed Friday's 1-0 win over the Netherlands due to the problem.

"Jack Wilshere won't feature against Italy and has now withdrawn from the group," the FA said on Twitter.

Liverpool defender Joe Gomez, who was forced off in the opening 10 minutes against Netherlands with an ankle injury, will remain with the England squad for further assessment.

England open their World Cup Group G campaign in Russia against Tunisia on June 18 before facing Panama and Belgium.

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