Joe Gomez withdraws from England squad after suffering injury in training

Wednesday 11 Nov 2020
Joe Gomez pictured in training with England during October's international camp
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Joe Gomez has withdrawn from the England squad having sustained a knee injury in training.

The Liverpool defender has now returned to his club to await further diagnosis and will miss the Three Lions’ forthcoming fixtures against Republic of Ireland, Belgium and Iceland.

Speaking in his press conference ahead of Thursday's game, Gareth Southgate said: "I can't tell you how serious it is because he's yet to have scans.

"What was upsetting was to see he was in a fair bit of pain and the fact that there was nobody around him when the injury happened, so I didn't like that element of it. 

"We've just got to wait and see what the scans show, and we're all hopeful for him that it's not what it might be. But it's not a good situation and I don't see him being involved in the games with us, that's for sure.

"My immediate thoughts are with him because he's had some difficult injuries in the past, so we're hoping as much as we possibly can and praying that it's not going to be a long-term one, but we'll just have to see."

Updated England squad to face Republic of Ireland, Belgium and Iceland
Tammy Abraham (Chelsea), Jude Bellingham (Borussia Dortmund), Dominic Calvert-Lewin (Everton), Ben Chilwell (Chelsea), Conor Coady (Wolverhampton Wanderers), Eric Dier (Tottenham Hotspur), Phil Foden (Manchester City), Jack Grealish (Aston Villa) Dean Henderson (Manchester United), Jordan Henderson (Liverpool), Reece James (Chelsea) Harry Kane (Tottenham Hotspur), Michael Keane (Everton), Harry Maguire (Manchester United), Ainsley Maitland-Niles (Arsenal), Tyrone Mings (Aston Villa), Mason Mount (Chelsea), Jordan Pickford (Everton), Nick Pope (Burnley), Marcus Rashford (Manchester United), Declan Rice (West Ham United), Bukayo Saka (Arsenal) Jadon Sancho (Borussia Dortmund), Raheem Sterling (Manchester City), Kieran Trippier (Atletico Madrid), Kyle Walker (Manchester City), Harry Winks (Tottenham Hotspur)

Elsewhere, following a request from Hoffenheim, England under-21 forward Ryan Sessegnon has returned to his club to begin a period of quarantine.

Due to a number of positive cases involving Hoffenheim players, German authorities have requested all players at the club to quarantine. Sessegnon returned a negative COVID-19 test yesterday (Tuesday 10 November) with the FA and UEFA’s protocol being followed rigorously at St. George’s Park.

Updated England MU21 squad to face Andorra and Albania
Goalkeepers: Brandon Austin (Tottenham Hotpur), Josef Bursik (Stoke City, on loan at Doncaster Rovers), Aaron Ramsdale (Sheffield United)

Defenders: Lee Buchanan (Derby County), Ben Godfrey (Everton), Marc Guehi (Chelsea, on loan at Swansea City), James Justin (Leicester City), Lloyd Kelly (AFC Bournemouth), Tariq Lamptey (Brighton and Hove Albion), Jonathan Panzo (Dijon), Rhys Williams (Liverpool), Ben Wilmot (Watford)

Midfielders: Josh Dasilva (Brentford), Tom Davies (Everton), Ebere Eze (Crystal Palace), Conor Gallagher (Chelsea, on loan at West Bromwich Albion), Curtis Jones (Liverpool), Oliver Skipp (Tottenham Hotspur, on loan at Norwich City)

Forwards: Rhian Brewster (Sheffield United), Callum Hudson-Odoi (Chelsea), Dwight McNeil (Burnley), Jamal Musiala (Bayern Munich), Eddie Nketiah (Arsenal)

By FA Staff