Injured Walker ruled out of England squad

TOTTENHAM right-back Kyle Walker was forced to pull out of the England squad yesterday, after reporting to the national team’s St George’s Park training base injured.

Walker suffered a knock to his fibula during Spurs’ 0-0 draw with the Jamaica national side in the Bahamas last week and was deemed unfit to play a part in either tomorrow’s friendly with Republic of Ireland or Sunday’s trip to Brazil.

It leaves manager Roy Hodgson with Liverpool’s Glen Johnson as the only recognised right-back in the squad.

“Kyle Walker has withdrawn from the England squad to face Republic of Ireland and Brazil,” an FA statement confirmed. “The Tottenham Hotspur defender will be unavailable for the upcoming two matches and has returned to his club. There will be no replacement at this time.”

Walker’s absence is the latest blow for boss Hodgson to overcome, with captain Steven Gerrard, plus fellow midfielders Jack Wilshere and Tom Cleverley already absent through injury.

However, Manchester United forward Danny Welbeck missed training yesterday, but is expected to be fit.