Stoke City's Jack Butland joins long England injury list with broken finger

Stoke City's Jack Butland joins long England injury list with broken finger

Stoke City's Jack Butland joins long England injury list with broken finger

Tottenham head coach Mauricio Pochettino's suggestion that the latter player will be fit in time for the derby with Arsenal after the worldwide break raised eyebrows, intensifying murmurings of a potential issue between clubs and country.

"I knew Harry Kane was in trouble because he stayed down [in the 1-0 win over Crystal Palace]".

"I am hearing this talk of club v country but it is a nonsense", said Southgate. Harry Kane doesn't stay down.

Asked if he was satisfied that all players who had pulled out were genuinely injured, Southgate replied: "Yeah, absolutely". "Both him and Harry Winks were scanned". Spurs might risk them for the game with Arsenal, it's a different matter.

"Having been a player, I am not a manager who just wants to wheel players out until they break, so I don't take risks with players". "Personally, it would be wonderful to get to my fourth World Cup, even though I don't know if I will play abig part".

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But he has returned to the starting XI in recent weeks, in a new left wing-back role, and his displays have earned him a first England call-up since 2013. It's their livelihood, it's their career.

He has since been obliged to draft in another global newcomer in Burnley's Jack Cork, with Everton defender Michael Keane and West Bromwich Albion midfielder Jake Livermore also joining the squad. "If we don't try things in these games, when are we going to try things?"

Southgate had overlooked Drinkwater when he named his original group for the game, but after being hit by a series of injuries he contacted the former Leicester star. He has been playing very well at Leipzig.

'I spoke to Danny earlier in the week but he feels he is not fit enough to play, ' Southgate said. He has played at every level for England previously. I want to experiment already.

Jack Butland is out the England squad after breaking a finger in training.

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