Ryan Bertrand pulls out of England squad with back problem
Southampton left-back Ryan Bertrand has pulled out of the England squad due to a back issue.
England's defender Ryan Bertrand (L) arrives to take part in an England national football team training session at Tottenham Hotspur FC Training Ground in Enfield, north London, on November 13, 2017 ahead of their international friendly match against Braz
The 28-year-old was named in Gareth Southgate’s 27-man squad for the World Cup warm-up friendlies against Holland and Italy.
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.
Ryan Bertrand of England and Roman Bezjak of Slovenia battle for the ball during the FIFA 2018 World Cup Group F Qualifier between England and Slovenia at Wembley Stadium on October 5, 2017 in London, England.
A Football Association 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.”
Ryan Bertrand of Southampton takes a look around the pitch prior to the Premier League match between Newcastle United and Southampton at St. James Park on March 10, 2018 in Newcastle upon Tyne, England.
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Ashley Young and Danny Rose remain left-back options in the England squad.
Under-fire Manchester United left-back Luke Shaw is among the options to replace Bertrand if Southgate decides to call up an extra player.