Striker Daniel Sturridge won't play for England in its upcoming Euro 2016 qualifiers against San Marino and Estonia, coach Roy Hodgson announced Thursday.
Hodgson left Sturridge off the team's roster due to his lingering thigh injury and called up defender Nathaniel Clyne and midfielder Jonjo Shelvey instead.
Sturridge originally injured his thigh while training with England for its first Euro 2016 qualifier against Switzerland early last month. At the time, Brendan Rodgers, Sturridge's manager at Liverpool, said the striker would miss three weeks. Sturridge missed Wednesday's Champions League game against Basel but could play for Liverpool on Saturday against West Brom.
According to The Guardian, Rodgers reiterated Wednesday that he disagrees with the training methods employed by Hodgson and said he had told Hodgson not to add Sturridge to England's roster.
Hodgson told a press conference how disappointed he was that Sturridge was not in a position to join up with the squad, but he insisted there have been no problems between club and country over his potential inclusion.
“That’s a great blow for us and it’s been a big blow for Liverpool, of course, and it will continue to be,” he said.
“It’s also a blow for the player because he was very anxious to be a part of these two games, but unfortunately injuries happen and we all accept it so there are no problems or conflict there at all.”
Sturridge, 25, has earned 16 caps with England and played for the team at this summer's FIFA World Cup, scoring five goals in his international career. He's played three Premier League games for Liverpool this season, scoring one goal.
Clyne, 23, has played for England's youth teams but never its senior national team. He also plays for Southampton. Shelvey, 22, has appeared once for England and plays for Swansea City as well.
England won its initial Euro qualifier against Switzerland 2-0. The team plays San Marino on Oct. 9 and Estonia on Oct. 12.
- Ben Estes