Roy Hodgson leaves Liverpool’s Daniel Sturridge out of England squad

Brendan Rodgers gets his wish as striker misses games against San Marino and Estonia

 Southampton defender  Nathaniel Clyne has been called up to the England senior squad for the first time for the European qualifier games against    San Marino and Estonia. Photograph: Chris Ison/PA

Southampton defender Nathaniel Clyne has been called up to the England senior squad for the first time for the European qualifier games against San Marino and Estonia. Photograph: Chris Ison/PA

 

Roy Hodgson has bowed to the demands of Brendan Rodgers by leaving Daniel Sturridge out of the England squad.

Sturridge is in contention to play for Liverpool against West Brom this Saturday after a month-long thigh injury lay-off, but he has been left out of Hodgson’s 21-strong party for England’s upcoming Euro 2016 qualifiers against San Marino and Estonia.

Liverpool manager Rodgers insisted on Wednesday that the 25-year-old has still not fully recovered from the injury, which he sustained on international duty last month, and his name was absent from the squad list released by the English Football Association at Wembley on Thursday afternoon.

There were surprise call-ups for Swansea midfielder Jonjo Shelvey and Southampton defender Nathaniel Clyne.

Clyne has been in good form for Southampton this year, scoring two goals in eight appearances.

The former Crystal Palace defender has eight under-21 caps, but he has never played for the senior side before.

Shelvey’s only cap for England came two years ago against San Marino, who come to Wembley on October 9th, three days before they continue their qualification campaign in Estonia.

Luke Shaw and Calum Chambers have been dropped to the under-21s, while Manchester United defender Phil Jones has been left out through injury.

Everton’s 20-year-old defender John Stones has retained his place, as has Fabian Delph, who impressed on his full debut against Switzerland last month.

Adam Lallana returns after sitting out the Norway and Switzerland games through injury.

With Shaw in the under-21s, Arsenal defender Kieran Gibbs will provide competition for first-choice left back Leighton Baines.

ENGLAND (Squad for the Euro 2016 qualifiers against San Marino and Estonia): F Forster (Southampton), B Foster (West Brom), J Hart (Manchester City), L Baines (Everton), G Cahill (Chelsea), N Clyne (Southampton), K Gibbs (Arsenal), P Jagielka (Everton), J Stones (Everton), F Delph (Aston Villa), J Henderson (Liverpool), A Lallana (Liverpool), J Milner (Manchester City), A Oxlade-Chamberlain (Arsenal), J Shelvey (Swansea), R Sterling (Liverpool), A Townsend (Tottenham), J Wilshere (Arsenal), R Lambert (Liverpool), W Rooney (Manchester United), D Welbeck (Arsenal).

England Under-21 squad for Euro 2015 play-offs against Croatia: Jonathan Bond (Watford), Jack Butland (Stoke), Sam Johnstone (Manchester United); Carl Jenkinson (West Ham), Eric Dier (Tottenham), Luke Garbutt (Everton), Michael Keane (Burnley), Jamaal Lascelles (Nottingham Forest), Liam Moore (Leicester), Calum Chambers (Arsenal), Ben Gibson (Middlesbrough), Luke Shaw (Manchester United); Tom Carroll (Swansea), Jake Forster-Caskey (Brighton), Will Hughes (Derby), Thomas Ince (Hull), Alex Pritchard (Brentford), Nathan Redmond (Norwich), Lewis Baker (Chelsea); Saido Berahino (West Brom), Patrick Bamford (Middlesbrough), Harry Kane (Tottenham), Cauley Woodrow (Fulham).

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