Manchester United star Michael Carrick has been pulled out of the England squad after sustaining a groin injury, Sky Sports reports.
Carrick was selected for England’s upcoming matches against Slovenia and Scotland despite recently recovering from injuries suffered in preseason, however the midfielder will not feature due to a groin problem sustained at St George’s Park.
The 33-year-old will now be scanned to check on the severity of the injury, with Man United desperately hoping it does not result in another long layoff.
This is a big blow for the Three Lions as manager Roy Hodgson was hoping to fill the gap left by internationally retired midfield duo Steven Gerrard and Frank Lampard with the Red Devils ace.
A statement released by the FA said: “Michael Carrick will return to his club on Wednesday evening after sustaining a minor groin injury in training this morning. There will be no call ups at this time.”
However Carrick is optimistic about his England future, despite being overlooked for the World Cup squad during the summer.
“No, I was never tempted to (retire),” Carrick said.
“I am only 33 now so hopefully I have got a few more years left, so it was never something that crossed my mind.
“I think you appreciate it a bit more the older you get and the closer you come towards the end of your career. You push things a bit more and being back now is great.”