Southampton defender Ryan Bertrand has withdrawn from the England squad due to a back problem and will play no part in the friendlies against the Netherlands and Italy.
Ryan Bertrand, who has 19 caps to his name, was vying with Danny Rose and Ashley Young to secure a role on the flanks in Gareth Southgate’s side ahead of the World Cup.
An FA statement confirmed: “There’s been an update to the Three Lions squad, with Ryan Bertrand returning to Southampton for further assessment on a back issue.
Bertrand’s withdrawal is a precautionary measure, but he won’t play in this month’s matches.”
Neither the FA nor Southampton confirmed the timescale for Bertrand’s recovery but he will be desperate to return in time for the Saints next club match, a relegation six-pointer at West Ham.
“It’s definitely a massive game,” said the former Chelsea defender. “You go there and relish the opportunity because if you come out of there with a result it leaves you in very good stead.”