Sturridge left out of England squad

Nathaniel Clyne. PIC: PANathaniel Clyne. PIC: PA
Nathaniel Clyne. PIC: PA
Roy Hodgson has bowed to the demands of Brendan Rodgers by leaving Daniel Sturridge out of the England squad.

Sturridge is in contention to play for Liverpool against West Brom this Saturday after a month-long thigh injury lay-off, but he has been left out of Hodgson’s 21-strong party for England’s upcoming Euro 2016 qualifiers against San Marino and Estonia.

Liverpool manager Rodgers insisted on Wednesday that the 25-year-old has still not fully recovered from the injury, which he sustained on international duty last month, and his name was absent from the squad list released by the Football Association at Wembley on Thursday afternoon.

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There were surprise call-ups for Swansea midfielder Jonjo Shelvey and Southampton defender Nathaniel Clyne.

Clyne has been in good form for Southampton this year, scoring two goals in eight appearances.

The former Crystal Palace defender has eight Under-21 caps, but he has never played for the senior side before.

Shelvey’s only cap for England came two years ago against San Marino, who come to Wembley on October 9 - three days before the Three Lions continue their qualification campaign in Estonia.

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Luke Shaw and Calum Chambers have been dropped to the Under-21s, while Manchester United defender Phil Jones has been left out through injury.

Everton’s 20-year-old defender John Stones has retained his place - as has Fabian Delph, who impressed on his full debut against Switzerland last month.

Adam Lallana returns after sitting out the Norway and Switzerland games through injury.

With Shaw in the Under-21s, Arsenal defender Kieran Gibbs will provide competition for first-choice left-back Leighton Baines.