September 3, 2018 / 7:56 PM / in 2 months

Sterling out of England matches with back problem

LONDON (Reuters) - England winger Raheem Sterling has withdrawn from the squad to play Spain and Switzerland because of a back problem, the FA announced on Monday.

FILE PHOTO: Soccer Football - World Cup - Semi Final - Croatia v England - Luzhniki Stadium, Moscow, Russia - July 11, 2018 England's Raheem Sterling during the match REUTERS/Maxim Shemetov

Sterling was the player missing when Gareth Southgate’s squad reported at St George’s Park and the Manchester City forward will not be replaced, leaving a squad of 22.

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

Writing by Ken Ferris; Editing by Pritha Sarkar

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