Oxlade-Chamberlain withdraws from England squad
LONDON, Aug 13 – An ankle injury to England winger Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain has ruled him out of the squad for Wednesday’s friendly against Italy, the FA confirmed.
The Arsenal winger (picture), 18, becomes the third player to withdraw from manager Roy Hodgson’s squad along with goalkeeper Joe Hart and forward Daniel Sturridge.
Hart’s Manchester City team mate, defender Joleon Lescott, has been brought into the squad for the match against the Italians in Berne.
Hart has a back problem that forced him to miss yesterday’s 3-2 win over Chelsea in the Community Shield season curtain-raiser at Villa Park.
It means John Ruddy or teenager Jack Butland will make their England debut in goal.
Chelsea’s Sturridge, who came on as a substitute against Manchester City, is suffering with a toe injury. – Reuters