Jordan Henderson and Jack Grealish among the five England players who will miss the game against San Marino
England struck with FIVE withdrawals before qualifying for the World Cup against San Marino as Jordan Henderson and Jack Grealish return to their clubs with injuries, while Raheem Sterling is missing due to a ‘personal matter’
Jordan Henderson, Jack Grealish and Raheem Sterling are among the five players who have withdrawn from the England squad ahead of Monday’s World Cup qualifying game in San Marino.
The Football Association also confirmed that Conor Gallagher, the Chelsea midfielder currently on loan at Crystal Palace, will join the group in their latest roster update.
Gareth Southgate’s team only needs to avoid defeat to the minnows in Serravalle to secure their place in next year’s tournament in Qatar.
Jack Grealish (left) and Jordan Henderson (right) have been withdrawn from England’s service due to injuries.
Meanwhile, Raheem Sterling (center) has withdrawn from the squad for personal reasons.
Henderson and Grealish will be unavailable after returning to their clubs, Liverpool and Manchester City respectively, for further injury assessment.
The City Sterling forward is unavailable due to a personal matter, while Chelsea midfielder Mason Mount is in need of dental surgery and Manchester United left-back Luke Shaw has suffered a concussion.
Declan Rice, Marcus Rashford and James Ward-Prowse were also named to Gareth Southgate’s squad for this set of international matches, but the trio had to withdraw due to injury.
Gallagher, meanwhile, received his first call-up for England’s senior team ahead of Monday’s final World Cup qualifying game in San Marino.
Luke Shaw (left) and Mason Mount (right) will also not be available to play for the Three Lions.
Gareth Southgate’s men just need to avoid defeat to San Marino to qualify for the 2022 World Cup
The Chelsea loan officer has had excellent performances for Crystal Palace this season, scoring four goals and providing two assists in 10 games for Patrick Vieira’s side, and could now be rewarded with his first full caps.
Gallagher was once a part of England’s Under-21 squad, but has now risen to the senior squad.
A product of the Chelsea academy, Gallagher is on his fourth loan period away from Stamford Bridge, having spent time with Charlton Athletic, Swansea and West Brom.
Born in England, he is also eligible to represent Scotland or the Republic of Ireland due to his heritage.
Crystal Palace midfielder Conor Gallagher has been called up for the England senior team
The 21-year-old has represented England at all levels from the Under-17s onwards and has played 13 times for the Under-21s.
He was involved in the England Under-21 defeat to the Czech Republic 3-1 in their last European qualifier at Turf Moor on Thursday.
Leeds’ Sam Greenwood will take his place on Lee Carsley’s team before Tuesday’s game in Georgia.
Emile Smith Rowe, who also received a late call to the squad after being initially selected for the Under-21s, made his substitute debut in the win against Albania on Friday.
Gallagher has had some flashy performances on loan at the Palace this season.