JUDE BELLINGHAM and Levi Colwill have both withdrawn from the England squad.
The duo will now miss the final qualifying games for Euro 2024 during the international break.
The Three Lions face Malta on Friday before traveling to North Macedonia to play on Monday.
Bellingham and Colwill will now miss games due to shoulder injuries.
They will return to their clubs Real Madrid and Chelsea to receive treatment for their problems.
The two had become important players for the team in the last few games.
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Bellingham’s midfield presence was crucial in victories over Italy, Ukraine and Scotland.
However, Colwill had become a good left-back option for manager Gareth Southgate, deputizing for Luke Shaw and Ben Chilwell.
The deductions were confirmed by England Football in a statement.
It said: “Jude Bellingham and Levi Colwill will not play a role in England’s upcoming UEFA EURO 2024 qualifiers against Malta and North Macedonia.”
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“The pair arrived at St George’s Park on Monday for assessments but will now return to Real Madrid and Chelsea respectively to continue their rehabilitation.”
Reports in Spain said Real Madrid “didn’t trust” England over Bellingham.
It is a new blow for coach Gareth Southgate, who has already lost three players due to injury.
James Maddison, Lewis Dunk and Callum Wilson had already withdrawn from the team.
As a result, Southgate called up Cole Palmer, Rico Lewis and Ezri Konsa to the national team for the first time.
This could lead to the manager naming some experimental lineups for the two games.