Rose withdrawal allows Kelly to train with squad
DANNY Rose has joined Alex McCarthy in pulling out of the England squad injured – meaning Ben Chilwell is in line to make his first senior start in tonight’s Nations League clash with Croatia.
Three months after facing one another in the World Cup semifinals, the Three Lions travel to Rijeka before heading onto a tougher assignment in Spain on Monday.
England boss Gareth Southgate will be without Tottenham left-back Rose and Southampton goalkeeper McCarthy for both games after they pulled out of the squad due to the “minor injuries” they arrived with.
While England still have three others goalkeepers to choose from, it leaves Leicester’s Chilwell as the only left-back in the squad travelling to Croatia.
The 21-year-old earned his first chance last month and came off the bench against Switzerland after being called up as a replacement for Manchester United’s Luke Shaw – the same player he replaced in the squad on Sunday.
Danny Welbeck, another who had sat out training earlier in the week as a precaution, was also missing again as England trained at St George’s Park yesterday, but the Arsenal man was set to travel to Croatia.
Tonight’s match will be played behind closed doors at Stadion HNK Rijeka as Croatia complete a stadium ban imposed by UEFA for having a swastika on the pitch in a Euro 2016 qualifier against Italy.
Meanwhile, young Bristol City left- back Lloyd Kelly was given the opportunity to train with England’s senior squad, following the withdrawals of Rose and Shaw.
Kelly’s profile will have shot up as a result of the training session, while senior players such as Harry Kane, Marcus Rashford, Jadon Sancho and John Stones will have seen the City star up close and playing among the country’s best players.
No doubt the experience will have been a great event for the Bristolian, who is expected to play for England Under-20s against Italy tonight.
England’s players train at St George’s Park yesterday