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Injured Smalling pulls out of England squad

Goal.com logo Goal.com 24-03-2017

Manchester United defender Chris Smalling has been forced to pull out of the England squad for their World Cup qualifier against Lithuania.

Ozil suffers back injury with Germany

Smalling joins Phil Jones in having returned to Old Trafford after his team-mate picked up an injury that ruled him out of Wednesday's clash with Germany.

Fellow defender Gary Cahill will also miss the match through suspension, meaning Middlesbrough's Ben Gibson earns his first call-up to the national side.

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Gibson has previously made 10 appearances for the England Under-21s, most of which came under current Three Lions boss Gareth Southgate.

He joins Michael Keane and John Stones as the only centre-backs in the squad, meaning a debut is likely at Wembley on Sunday.

Southgate operated with a three-man backline against Germany, though Eric Dier could be drafted into the defence if Southgate wants to keep Gibson on the bench.

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