September 3, 2018 / 7:56 PM / 4 months ago

Sterling out of England matches with back problem

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

LONDON (Reuters) - England winger Raheem Sterling has withdrawn from the squad to play Spain and Switzerland because of a back problem, the FA announced on Monday.

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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