Date: 3rd October 2016 at 9:31am
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The duo are ruled out of England’s forthcoming World Cup qualifiers leaving just two Reds in the 23-man squad…

Gareth Southgate’s first squad as England caretaker manager has been severely hampered by injuries, not least at Liverpool.

Two of the four Reds named in the previous Three Lions squad, which proved to be the beleaguered Sam Allardyce’s one and only game in charge, suffered injuries at the weekend and were subsequently deemed unavailable for selection.

In-form midfielder Adam Lallana picked up a groin strain and was substituted early on in Saturday’s 2-1 win at Swansea City, while full-back Nathaniel Clyne completed the full 90 minutes but later complained of pain in his knee.

That leaves club captain Jordan Henderson and striker Daniel Sturridge to fly the flag for the red half of Merseyside as England host Malta at Wembley on Saturday October 8 before travelling to face Slovenia on Tuesday October 11.

Speaking to the about his squad, regular U21 boss Southgate said: “We’ve tried to keep some continuity from last month because my view would be that there are a lot of things that have been going right.

“We’ve had a few people unavailable through injury like Harry Kane and Jack Butland, and we’ve lost a couple over the weekend in Danny Drinkwater, Adam Lallana and Nathaniel Clyne while Luke Shaw isn’t quite back fit yet. That’s had a bearing on the squad.”

Clyne’s injury has handed former Liverpool defender Glen Johnson a surprise recall, while elsewhere there is a first senior inclusion for Manchester United’s Jesse Lingard.

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