Injured Rose pulls out of England squad

26 March 2015 04:57:17 EST
Roy Hodgson has now seen five players withdraw from his initial squad.

Tottenham defender Danny Rose has been forced to withdraw from the England squad for the games against Lithuania and Italy because of injury.

The 24-year-old left-back replaced Luke Shaw when the Manchester United defender suffered a hamstring problem but has now returned to White Hart Lane because of his own hip and hamstring injuries.

Rose is the fifth player to drop out of the squad following Shaw, Fraser Forster, Daniel Sturridge and Adam Lallana.

Roy Hodgson has added QPR goalkeeper Rob Green, Stoke City shot-stopper Jack Butland and Tottenham's Ryan Mason to the squad as a result of the quintet's departures.

I am honoured to play every single game I have done for England.

Joe Hart

Meanwhile, Joe Hart hopes he can win his 50th cap for his country in the next week. The Manchester City goalkeeper has represented England on 48 occasions but is expected to play against both Lithuania and Italy.

He said: "I am honoured to play every single game I have done for England and for it to be 48 so far is fantastic but I just want to keep playing.

"There are plenty of other English goalkeepers who want to do the same and I am fully aware of that. I have got a lot of hard work to do to keep my place and I am willing to do that."

England, 1/1 to win Euro 2016 outright, can be backed at 1/1 to keep a clean sheet against Lithuania and are 1/1 to win Friday's match by four or more goals.

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