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Jordan Pickford out of England squad due to muscle injury

Everton goalkeeper Jordan Pickford has withdrawn from England’s squad for their upcoming World Cup qualifiers against Malta and Slovakia with a muscle injury, the FA confirmed on Tuesday.

The uncapped 23-year-old sustained the injury during Everton’s 2-0 Premier League defeat by Chelsea earlier this week and has returned to his club for treatment, the FA said in a statement.

“Jordan has left the England camp and returned to Everton,” the FA said. “Having reported to St George’s Park on Sunday evening, the 23-year-old underwent an assessment on a muscle injury sustained playing for his club.

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“After discussions between England and Everton medics, it was decided it was best for the goalkeeper to return to Finch Farm for further treatment.”

England manager Gareth Southgate has three other goalkeepers in Jack Butland, Joe Hart and Tom Heaton available. (Reuters)


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