Everton striker Dominic Calvert-Lewin has pulled out of the upcoming England games due to injury. The former Sheffield United attacker was initially part of the 25-man squad named by manager Gareth Southgate ahead of the trio of Qatar 2022 World Cup qualifiers scheduled to take place this month in the European section.
Southgate and his England players have stepped up preparations ahead of the away game at Hungary on Thursday night. The Hungary clash is the first of the three World Cup qualifying games for the Three Lions this month. England will also face Andorra at home on Sunday, September 5 before taking on Poland away from home on Wednesday, September 8.
For Calvert-Lewin, the Everton player has withdrawn from the England squad to stay at his club for an ongoing treatment on a thigh strain and a broken toe. To this effect, he will miss the abovementioned games. Calvert-Lewin has been in very good form for Everton this season with three goals in the first three Premier League games this term and he won’t be able to add to his impressive goal tally for the Three Lions this month. He has four goals in 11 appearances for his country.
England manager Southgate is not planning to call up a replacement for Calvert-Lewin despite having just two recognised striker in his squad. Leeds United star Patrick Bamford and team captain Harry Kane are now the central strikers in the latest England squad ahead of the latest set of Qatar 2022 World Cup qualifiers.
The news concerning Calvert-Lewin and his withdrawal from the England squad gives Bamford the opportunity to make his debut for his country with Kane unlikely to start all the three games. Bamford has been called up to the England squad for the first time after narrowly missing out on the preliminary squad for the Euro 2020 tournament.