Jay Rodriguez’s name has been added to the list of players scratched from the World Cup due to injury.
Though it was uncertain whether the Southampton man would make the English squad, the 15-goal scorer had his fate handed to him by a knee injury this weekend against Manchester City.
It’s a ruptured ACL for Rodriguez, 24, who is expected to be out until next October.
Only Liverpool’s Daniel Sturridge has scored more goals among Englishmen in the top flight this season, and Rodriguez joins a list of attacking players who will miss the tournament Brazil that includes Theo Walcott, Christian Benteke and Kevin Strootman.
“Everything will be done to deliver a speedy recovery,” said Southampton director Les Reed.
“Jay is naturally disappointed, but is determined to get back playing for Saints as soon as possible.
“He has asked us to pass on his gratitude to everybody who has shown him their concern and sympathy during the 48 or so hours since his injury.”