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Tom Cleverley has been ruled out of England’s upcoming World Cup qualifiers against Montenegro and Poland due to a calf injury.
Cleverley, 24, who has won 11 caps for the Three Lions, has featured regularly under Roy Hodgson during the current qualification campaign.
However, the England boss will have to make do without the services of the Manchester United midfielder for his side’s remaining two Group H clashes after the Football Association confirmed the news in a statement on Friday.
The news will come as a blow to Hodgson, with the Three Lions needing six points from their games to guarantee their place at next year’s World Cup in Brazil.
According to reports in the English press, Cleverley would have had to make do with a place on the bench alongside Jack Wilshere against Montenegro, with Frank Lampard partnering captain Steven Gerrard in the centre of midfield.
James Milner and Danny Welbeck are believed to have got the nod to line up on the flanks, while Daniel Sturridge looks set to play alongside Wayne Rooney up front.
England welcome Montenegro to Wembley on Friday before hosting Poland at the same stadium on Tuesday.