Tottenham's Danny Rose is latest injury blow for England ahead of qualifier

Ross McLean
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TOTTENHAM full-back Danny Rose added to England boss Roy Hodgson’s mounting injury problems ahead of tomorrow’s Euro 2016 qualifier with Lithuania at Wembley by last night withdrawing from the squad.

Hip and hamstring injuries have ended the uncapped defender’s chances of an international debut, either against Lithuania or Italy in Tuesday’s friendly in Turin, having being called up to replace Manchester United’s Luke Shaw, who also has a hamstring problem.

“Tottenham Hotspur’s Danny Rose has withdrawn from the England camp through injury,” read an FA statement. “The left-back will play no further part in preparation for the forthcoming fixtures against Lithuania and Italy.”

Rose is the fifth player to pull out of the international double header following injuries to goalkeeper Fraser Forster, who is out for the rest of the season, and Liverpool duo Daniel Sturridge and Adam Lallana. No replacement has been called into the squad to compensate for the loss of Rose, which means Everton’s Leighton Baines and Kieran Gibbs of Arsenal are set to fight it out for the left-back slot.