Arsenal winger Theo Walcott has been withdrawn from Roy Hodgson's team ahead of the World Cup qualifier against Ukraine. The FA reports Walcott will return to the Emirates after suffering from an unspecified illness, while Chelsea youngster Daniel Sturridge will remain with the national team, at their training camp in London Colney, pending further fitness tests.
Walcott's withdrawal leaves Hodgson with mounting injury problems. The manager has already seen four players withdraw from his original squad, with the latest being Chelsea defender John Terry; earlier drop-outs were Chelsea left back Ashley Cole, Sunderland midfielder Adam Johnson and on-loan West Ham striker Andy Carroll. The crisis has seen the former West Brom coach call up three new players for the Ukraine game, to be held at Wembley on 11 September. The three call-ups are Liverpool's Raheem Sterling, Tottenham's Jake Livermore and Southampton's Adam Lallana.
Sterling, 17, has had an excellent start to his senior career with the Reds and made his full league debut in the 2-2 draw against Manchester City. His performances have earned him rave reviews from club manager Brendan Rodgers and former striker John Aldridge, as well as the interest of the Jamaican national team.
Spurs' Livermore only recently made his senior team debut, when he appeared as a substitute in England's 2-1 win over Italy in the recent international friendly. Lallana, 24, meanwhile, will make his senior team debut, if he features.
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Milner Happy with England Chance
Meanwhile, Manchester City midfielder James Milner has admitted to being delighted to simply play for his country and his performances in recent games (he scored during England's 5-0 win over Moldova in the World Cup qualifier), he claims, have motivated him to play even better.
"I don't know if I'm appreciated. As long as the manager and the team are happy with what I do that is the most important thing. The manager wants you coming in to little pockets, linking in with the strikers and midfielders. It adds more to my game than staying as wide as I can. You saw the other night there was a good freedom to the system," the 26 year old explained, adding, "The best thing is putting on an England shirt and being part of a winning team."