England squad: Sturridge sits out San Marino and Estonia qualifiers
Roy Hodgson has left Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridge out of the England squad for the Euro 2016 qualifiers against San Marino and Estonia, after Brendan Rodgers told the Three Lions boss he would not be fit.
Reds frontman Sturridge sustained a thigh strain whilst on international duty last month and has yet to play for the Anfield outfit since. There is a maiden senior call-up for Southampton right back Nathaniel Clyne, following the south coast side’s impressive start to the season.
Swansea City midfielder Jonjo Shelvey is back in the setup too, having ironically earned his only cap against San Marino, but there is no place for Liberty Stadium teammates Nathan Dyer and Wayne Routledge, who continue to catch the eye. Shelvey becomes the first Swans player in history to get a Three Lions call-up.
West Bromwich Albion striker Saido Berahino is once again overlooked for senior selection, after scoring four goals in six Premier League outings. He has to be content with a spot in the Under-21 setup, alongside defenders Calum Chambers and Luke Shaw.
Hodgson swaps one north London left back for another, as Arsenal’s Kieran Gibbs replaces Tottenham counterpart Danny Rose as understudy to Leighton Baines. Everton colleagues Phil Jagielka and John Stones join Gibbs, Clyne and Gary Cahill in completing the defensive options. Manchester United pair Phil Jones and Chris Smalling both miss out through injury.
Aston Villa midfielder Fabian Delph keeps his place on the roster after impressing last time out against Switzerland. Temporary teammate Tom Cleverley, who joined the West Midlands outfit on loan from Man Utd, is not recalled, however.
Liverpool’s Adam Lallana does return, though, after missing the start of the campaign through injury. Anfield colleagues Jordan Henderson, Rickie Lambert and Raheem Sterling remain key England squad members.
Hodgson is without injured right backs Glen Johnson and Kyle Walker, while Ross Barkley, Andy Carroll and Theo Walcott remain long-term absentees. The Three Lions are 14/1 chances with Coral to win Euro 2016 outright.
England’s 21-man squad to face San Marino and Estonia:
Goalkeepers: Fraser Forster (Southampton), Ben Foster (West Brom), Joe Hart (Man City)
Defenders: Leighton Baines, Phil Jagielka and John Stones (all Everton), Gary Cahill (Chelsea), Nathaniel Clyne (Southampton), Kieran Gibbs (Arsenal)
Midfielders: Fabian Delph (Aston Villa), Jordan Henderson and Adam Lallana (both Liverpool), James Milner (Man City), Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Jack Wilshere (both Arsenal), Jonjo Shelvey (Swansea City)
Forwards: Rickie Lambert and Raheem Sterling (both Liverpool), Wayne Rooney (Manchester United), Andros Townsend (Tottenham), Danny Welbeck (Arsenal)