Tuesday 27 September 2016

Carrick ruled out for England's swiss clash

Published 08/09/2015 | 02:30

England have announced defender Michael Carrick has pulled out of the squad for Tuesday's Euro 2016 qualifier against Switzerland through injury
England have announced defender Michael Carrick has pulled out of the squad for Tuesday's Euro 2016 qualifier against Switzerland through injury

Midfielder Michael Carrick has withdrawn from the England squad for tonight's Euro 2016 qualifying clash with Switzerland at Wembley due to a calf injury and returned to Manchester United for treatment in an effort to be fit for Saturday's Premier League showdown against Liverpool.

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The 34-year-old, who has 33 caps but not featured for England in the last three matches, since March's draw in Italy, sustained the injury in training prior to the win at San Marino.

"It's a calf injury," said manager Roy Hodgson. "We don't believe it's that serious. It's quite strange. It came out of nowhere almost.

"It was at the start of a warm-up in San Marino. He felt something very, very small, very, very slight.

"He had a preliminary type of scan with our doctors and they decided there's something there, but we don't believe it's a long-term injury."

Carrick's absence means Swansea midfielder Jonjo Shelvey could get another opportunity against Switzerland. James Milner, Ryan Mason and Fabian Delph are others options available to Hodgson.

Everyone else in Hodgson's 21-man squad trained as normal yesterday morning at Tottenham's training ground in Enfield.

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain wore some strapping around his left wrist but that did not prevent him from playing a full part in the session.

Wayne Rooney will be hoping to break England's goalscoring record in tonight's match, having equalled Bobby Charlton's England record of 49 goals by scoring in the 6-0 defeat of San Marino, which secured their place for France next summer.

"It would be nice to do it at Wembley," Rooney said. "But the most important thing is to win the match."

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