The injury bug has bitten England yet again.
Two more players were forced to withdraw from the national team squad on Thursday, one day before a crucial road UEFA Nations League match at World Cup finalist Croatia. Tottenham’s Danny Rose and Southampton goalkeeper Alex McCarthy left the squad on Thursday with “minor injuries,” that they arrived with. It appears that England manager Gareth Southgate thought it was best to leave them home before flying out to Croatia.
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Arsenal’s Danny Welbeck also did not train on Thursday but he’s remained part of the 23-man squad.
Rose’s departure is a disappointing one. The 28-year-old, finally seeming back to his best after overcoming a torn ACL in 2017, needed to lock down the left back position for himself. Now, with Leicester City’s Ben Chillwell waiting in the wings, the 21-year-old could have the chance to grab the starting spot for good.
McCarthy meanwhile, though uncapped, may not have made an appearance in either upcoming match, at Croatia and at Spain, making it an easier decision for him to return to the south coast of England.