September 4, 2018 / 2:59 PM / 3 months ago

Soccer: Lallana ruled out of England squad with groin injury

Soccer Football - Pre Season Friendly - Blackburn Rovers v Liverpool - Ewood Park, Blackburn, Britain - July 19, 2018 Liverpool's Adam Lallana Action Images via Reuters/Ed Sykes

(Reuters) - Liverpool midfielder Adam Lallana has withdrawn from the England squad to face Spain and Switzerland after picking up a groin injury in training, the English Football Association (FA) said on Tuesday.

The 30-year-old suffered the problem during England’s first training session at St George’s Park and has returned to Liverpool for further assessment.

Fulham goalkeeper Marcus Bettinelli has received a surprise England call-up, bolstering the options in goal alongside Jordan Pickford, Jack Butland and Alex McCarthy.

The 26-year-old Bettinelli was part of the under-21 set-up when England boss Gareth Southgate was in charge and played at the European Championships with them in 2015.

England are already without Manchester City winger Raheem Sterling, who pulled out of the squad with a back problem.

They face Spain in a Nations League match at Wembley on Saturday and Switzerland in a friendly at Leicester’s King Power Stadium on Tuesday.

Reporting by Hardik Vyas in Bengaluru, editing by Ed Osmond and Toby Davis

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