Defenders Ben Chilwell and Kieran Trippier have withdrawn from the England squad, with the international break drawing to a close.

England host Denmark on Wednesday night but Trippier, of Atletico Madrid, withdrew citing personal reasons, while Chilwell has a pre-existing foot injury that has ruled him out.

Personal reasons keep Trippier away

In England’s 2-1 win over Belgium on Sunday, Gareth Southgate selected three right-backs in his line up, with Trippier being played as a left wing-back.

Trippier captained the side in their 3-0 win over Wales, but the 30-year-old has now left the squad.

Southgate’s team selection for the Belgium game came under scrutiny when he chose five defenders plus two defensively minded midfielders in Declan Rice and Jordan Henderson. 

These omissions will require Southgate to reconsider his selection for tomorrow’s fixture at Wembley. Arsenal’s Bukayo Saka and Ainsley Maitland-Niles are able to play on the left side of the defence.

Breaking protocol made Chilwell selection unlikely

Chilwell didn’t play for England during this international break and will return to Chelsea to be assessed ahead of the weekend.

 

Chilwell couldn’t join the squad at first for covid-related reasons after attending a surprise birthday party for Chelsea teammate Tammy Abraham.

This provided a problem for Southgate’s team selection as it left England with no naturally left-sided defender.

Chilwell’s injury could also present Chelsea coach Frank Lampard with a problem too.

Signed from Leicester for £45 million, Chilwell has emerged as one of England’s most promising young defenders.

The 23-year-old scored on his first start for Chelsea, beating Crystal Palace 4-0 before the international break began.

Following the weekend, the Three Lions sit top of the their UEFA Nations League group, one point ahead of Belgium.

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