Jude Bellingham and Levi Colwill have both withdrawn from the England squad for the upcoming European Championship qualifiers with injuries.
England, who have already secured their place at Euro 2024, take on Malta and then North Macedonia as they close out of their qualification campaign this month.
Bellingham will not be involved after picking up a shoulder injury which ruled him out of Real Madrid’s La Liga win over Valencia on Saturday night. Colwill, meanwhile, was left out of Chelsea’s squad for their 4-4 draw against Manchester City on Sunday.
The pair both reported as planned after being called up by Gareth Southgate, but following assessment by England’s medical team, they have now pulled out of the squad.
The FA added in a statement that they “will now return to Real Madrid and Chelsea respectively to continue their rehabilitation”.
Bellingham suffered a dislocated shoulder after an awkward fall early on in the draw with Rayo Vallecano on November 5.
He was able to be part of the squad for the Champions League win over Braga but was an unused substitute, before he was left out against Valencia.
Manager Carlo Ancelotti had said during his pre-match press conference that he expected Bellingham to be available for Saturday’s fixture, but following assessments the club confirmed he will not play.
A Real Madrid statement read: “After the tests carried out today on our player Jude Bellingham, he has been diagnosed with anterior instability of his left shoulder, a consequence of his recent dislocation. Bellingham is out for today’s match against Valencia.”
Bellingham and Colwill become the latest players to pull out of the squad after midfielder James Maddison, defender Lewis Dunk and striker Callum Wilson also withdrew.
Chelsea and City midfielders Cole Palmer and Rico Lewis have been added in the places alongside Aston Villa defender Ezri Konsa.
It has also been confirmed that Marcus Rashford and Kalvin Phillips will meet up with the squad later this week, owing to personal matters.
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