May 27, 2018 / 8:44 PM / 10 months ago

Injured Tarkowski withdraws from England World Cup stand-by list

Soccer Football - Premier League - Burnley v Brighton & Hove Albion - Turf Moor, Burnley, Britain - April 28, 2018 Burnley's James Tarkowski Action Images via Reuters/Jason Cairnduff

LONDON (Reuters) - James Tarkowski has withdrawn from England’s World Cup stand-by list to undergo a hernia operation, a statement by his club Burnley said on Sunday.

The 25-year-old defender had been training with England at their pre-tournament camp since last Monday, having been named as one of England manager Gareth Southgate’s five reserves for the tournament in Russia.

Tarkowski has been nursing a groin problem and it has now been decided that he should undergo surgery with a view to being ready for the Premier League pre-season.

England do not intend to call up a replacement defender.

England’s opening World Cup fixture in Group G is against Tunisia on June 18.

Reporting by Neil Robinson; editing by Clare Fallon

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