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Johnson withdraws from England squad

November 10, 2009
By Soccernet staff

Liverpool right-back Glen Johnson has pulled out of the England squad to face Brazil in Qatar on Saturday after picking up an injury during his club's Premier League draw against Birmingham City.

Glen Johnson
GettyImagesGlen Johnson: Not fit to face Brazil

The 25-year-old defender, who has struggled with calf and groin injuries this season, played the full match at Anfield on Monday before joining up with the England squad on Tuesday.

The defender underwent a routine recovery session at Arsenal's London Colney complex, but it has now been decided that he will return to his club for treatment on a slight injury.

England manager Fabio Capello will not call up another player for the trip to the Middle East to face Dunga's team. It leaves Wes Brown as the only out-and-out right-back left, although James Milner or Shaun Wright-Phillips could drop back from midfield.

David Beckham is unavailable due to Major League Soccer commitments in America but Capello's other 22 players from his original squad all trained ahead of the friendly against the South Americans in Doha.

Fitness coach Massimo Neri led the warm-up for the players, then Robert Green, Ben Foster and Joe Hart trained separately with goalkeeper coach Franco Tancredi.

With Portsmouth's David James not in the squad due to fitness, Green could be in line for a return to the starting XI after starting six consecutive matches before his dismissal against Ukraine, which led to Foster starting in the Belarus qualifier.