England call for Caulker

Steven Caulker has been called up by England after Phil Jones and Glen Johnson joined Wayne Rooney in pulling out.

Last Updated: 01/09/13 at 21:17 Post Comment

Steven Caulker: Called up by England

Steven Caulker: Called up by England

Roy Hodgson has called Cardiff defender Steven Caulker into his squad for England's World Cup qualifiers with Moldova and Ukraine after Phil Jones and Glen Johnson joined Wayne Rooney in pulling out.

Manchester United manager David Moyes confirmed before the 1-0 defeat at Liverpool that Rooney would miss out after suffering a nasty head wound in training yesterday.

Now it has been confirmed Jones and Johnson will also be unavailable after suffering ankle injuries during the Anfield encounter.

"England have called up Steven Caulker following the withdrawal of three players from Roy Hodgson's squad due to injury," said an FA statement.

Manchester United pair Wayne Rooney and Phil Jones have both left the squad. Glen Johnson, the Liverpool defender, has also withdrawn following his side's win over Manchester United at Anfield."

Caulker has one England cap to his name, having started and scored against Sweden in Stockholm in November 2012.

There is also a doubt over Liverpool match-winner Daniel Sturridge, who confirmed after the game he had been struggling with a groin injury.

It is the kind of scenario Hodgson feared when concern was expressed over such high-profile matches taking place immediately before an international game.

The good news, such as it was, came from Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger, who confirmed the illness that forced Jack Wilshere off in this afternoon's victory over Tottenham at the Emirates Stadium was nothing serious.

"He has a stomach bug," said Wenger.

"It's nothing that will stop him from going to England."


Sky Bet Free Bet Club: £10 free bet - £5 free every week


Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

S

hould have stayed because we carried him for 6.5 years. And then he has a breakthrough season, and was gone soon after. MU fans, you would be as disgusted had C Ronaldo left in 2007 and not 2009.

godof86
Is Van Persie Slipping Sadly Into The Night?

G

ood grief. Someone guessed that the form English player at the moment might be in his national side with some other players? And that's espionage? Now if they discovered that Emile Heskey was going to be in the starting line up.... at right back.... THAT would be espionage. Give it a rest Roy.

RogerRedHat
Hodgson hits out at Kane leak

H

e may get away with if Liverpool can swap the video with one of Skrtel dancing or something, but if they review the one shown on TV he's screwed.

hump3.
Skrtel denies violent conduct

Footer 365

De Gea: United 'cannot' fail

David De Gea says that Manchester United must qualify for the Champions League next season "no matter what".

Lucas ready to make an impact

Liverpool midfielder Lucas Leiva is looking to recapture what he considers his best form in two years after recovering from injury.

Mats Hummels denies promising to join Manchester United

Borussia Dortmund defender Mats Hummels has denied making any promise to join Manchester United.

Mail Box

A Solution For The Premier League's 39th Game...

One morning Mailboxer solves the 39th game conundrum. Plus England were actually alright, Harry Kane is rubbish again and do Arsenal have the most embarrassing fans?

Why Do Arsenal Have So Many 'Internet Warriors'?

The Mailbox has an open letter from Liverpool's Raheem Sterling, questions Phil Jones' bulldog spirit and asks: "Why do Arsenal have so many "internet warriors?"

© 2015 Sky Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media company