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Joe Gomez and Jordan Henderson pull out of England squad to face Kosovo


Joe Gomez and Jordan Henderson are to miss England’s final Euro 2020 qualifier in Kosovo on Sunday due to illness and injury, respectively.

It is understood Gomez was hurt when clashing knees in an accidental collision with Kieran Trippier. His Liverpool teammate Henderson missed the 7-0 home win over Montenegro after arriving in the England camp with a viral infection and has not fully recovered.

A statement from the FA said: “Jordan Henderson and Joe Gomez will miss England’s final Euro 2020 qualifier in Kosovo on Sunday. Henderson arrived in camp with a viral infection that has not fully cleared. Meanwhile, Gomez sustained a knock in training on Friday and has not recovered sufficiently enough to travel. The pair now return to their club meaning the Three Lions will head to Pristina on Saturday with a 23-man squad.”

England sealed their qualification for next summer’s tournament against Montenegro on Thursday night. However, England’s 1,000th international was somewhat marred by the boos that greeted Gomez when he came on as a second-half substitute.

Gomez was left with a scratch on his face following a confrontation with Raheem Sterling this week at St George’s Park. The Manchester City player was subsequently dropped from the squad to face Montenegro.



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