Tuesday August 14 2012
Walcott out of Italy clash

Theo Walcott is the fourth England player to pull out of tomorrow’s friendly against Italy due to injury.

The Football Association confirmed this afternoon that Arsenal man Walcott has been ruled out of the match due to a bruised thigh.

He joins goalkeeper Joe Hart (back problem), Daniel Sturridge (toe) and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (ankle) in missing out.

Manager Roy Hodgson called up Joleon Lescott, but it’s unclear if he will also bring in another new player considering Walcott’s injury.

The match is played in Swiss town Berne on Wednesday, kick-off 20.00 UK time.

England squad

Goalkeepers: Jack Butland (Birmingham City), John Ruddy (Norwich City).

Defenders: Leighton Baines (Everton), Ryan Bertrand (Chelsea), Gary Cahill (Chelsea), Steven Caulker (Tottenham Hotspur), Phil Jagielka (Everton), Kyle Walker (Tottenham Hotspur), Joleon Lescott (Manchester City).

Midfielders: Michael Carrick (Manchester United), Tom Cleverley (Manchester United), Frank Lampard (Chelsea), Adam Johnson (Manchester City), Jake Livermore (Tottenham Hotspur), James Milner (Manchester City), Jack Rodwell (Manchester City), Ashley Young (Manchester United).

Forwards: Andy Carroll (Liverpool), Jermain Defoe (Tottenham Hotspur).