West Ham United confirm Antonio withdrawal from England squad

West Ham United have confirmed that Michail Antonio has been forced to pull out of England duty.

The 26-year-old, who is yet to win a cap for the Three Lions, was included in Gareth Southgate’s setup for internationals this week.

England will face Germany in a friendly before facing Lithuania at Wembley in a World Cup qualifier this Sunday.

Antonio has been in positive form this season, starting all but two of the Hammers’ Premier League games.

His dream of representing his country at senior level will have to wait as he is due for a spell on the sidelines with a hamstring injury.

The news of the blow came to light after Antonio played 90 minutes of West Ham’s 3-2 defeat to Leicester City on Saturday.

The East London club confirmed on Twitter that their player has had to pull out of the England squad.

In a further blow, Jack Sullivan – son of co-chairman David Sullivan – revealed on the social networking website that Antonio could be missing for around a month.


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