Declan Rice left out of England squad for World Cup qualifiers due to illness

Declan Rice is out of the England squad due to illness in another midfield strike for manager Gareth Southgate ahead of the World Cup qualifiers against Albania and San Marino.


Gareth Southgate received another major blow in midfield after that Declan rice He was left out of the England squad due to illness.

Sportsmail On Tuesday I mentioned that Southgate would almost certainly have been without her Mason Mount For the game as he is recovering from dental surgery.

But in another selection dilemma, Rice withdrew from the squad and will return to it West Ham.

Declan Rice had to withdraw from England’s World Cup qualifying duty due to illness

Rice was due to start the match against Albania on Friday, but England must now rethink their midfield

Rice was due to start the match against Albania on Friday, but England must now rethink their midfield

Rice and Mount were sure to start the game against Albania on Friday, a match in which England could secure their place in next year’s World Cup.

But their withdrawal leaves Southgate with a major selection problem in midfield to face Wembley.

It looks like Calvin Phillips will definitely play, while Rice’s withdrawal opens the door for Jordan Henderson to start.

Judd Bellingham and Phil Foden are likely to battle for the last spot in the Southgate midfield.

Jordan Henderson (right) is likely to start in the midfield for the Three Lions in his absence

Jordan Henderson (right) is likely to start in the midfield for the Three Lions in his absence

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