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Sturridge out of Ukraine game

England striker Daniel Sturridge will take no part in Tuesday's World Cup qualifier in Ukraine because of injury.

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Daniel Sturridge: Unavailable for England's next big test

Daniel Sturridge: Unavailable for England's next big test

A statement on the FA website read: "Club England medical staff have been in constant contact with their counterparts at Liverpool Football Club since he returned there on Thursday.

"His injury has not progressed as had been hoped and it is now clear that Sturridge will not be fit for the match in Kiev on Tuesday evening."

Although the news will not be a surprise to Roy Hodgson, the manager would have been quietly hoping the on-song forward would recover after aggravating a groin injury in Liverpool's triumph over Manchester United last weekend.

The 24-year-old also missed England's 4-0 win on Friday night against Moldova, but injuries to Manchester United's Wayne Rooney and West Ham's Andy Carroll, plus the suspension of Danny Welbeck, leaves England with a selection headache.

With two goals in his first two England games, it now seems that Southampton's Rickie Lambert will be tasked with leading the line in Kiev - with Tottenham's Jermain Defoe the only other fit striker in the squad.

The FA confirmed that Hodgson will not be drafting in any replacements to the squad of 23, who are due to travel on Sunday evening.

With England leading Group H, the pressure is on Ukraine to go for the spoils and they will be confident of upsetting the visitors having smashed nine goals past San Marino on Friday.

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terling needs to be told though that upon entering the Arsenal squad he will re-enact the final scene from Highlander where he will be thrown around a warehouse by cartoon dragons and then be a mere mortal that will only ever spend three to four weeks a season playing football and the rest on the physio's bed. There can be only one.....player available at The Emirates.

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he game changed in our favour when Carrick came on. We were able to play further up the pitch due to having a player who can give and go with the ball and keep possession. Yet barkley made some runs and Townsend scored a good goal but carrick's inclusion and chiellini's withdrawal made the biggest difference to the flow of the game

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o, you've not silenced anyone Andros, i'm afraid. We know you can score a great goal, and it's really handy to have your direct running and willingness to shoot on the bench. But until you can do the other things expected of a winger (beat the man, put a decent cross in, stay wide etc) then you can't expect more than a regular cameo. Wonderful goal though, what a hit! No wonder Buffon wanted the shirt.

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