Southampton's Ryan Bertrand Withdraws From England Squad

Ryan Bertrand will miss England's friendlies against the Netherlands and Italy
Ryan Bertrand will miss England’s friendlies against the Netherlands and Italy

Ryan Bertrand has withdrawn from the England squad for friendlies against the Netherlands and Italy due to a back problem, the FA has announced.

Bertrand helped Southampton to  a 2-0 FA Cup quarter-final victory against Wigan on Sunday  and has now returned to the club as a precautionary measure.

An FA statement read: “Southampton defender Ryan Bertrand has returned to his club for further assessment on a back issue.

“Bertrand’s withdrawal is a precautionary measure and he will play no part in the forthcoming fixtures against the Netherlands and Italy.”

Ashley Young and Danny Rose remain left-back options in the England squad.

Manchester United defender Luke Shaw is among the options to replace Bertrand if Gareth Southgate decides to call up an additional player.

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