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Sturridge & Hart out of Italy friendly

ESPN staff
August 12, 2012

England boss Roy Hodgson will not be able to call on Manchester City's Joe Hart or Chelsea's Daniel Sturridge for this week's friendly with Italy, after both pulled out of the squad with injuries.

Hart and Sturridge have both been ruled out of the encounter in Berne with back and toe injuries respectively, with Birmingham goalkeeper Jack Butland inching closer to making a remarkable England debut.

Hodgson has taken the unusual decision not to call-up any replacements, meaning Butland and Norwich's John Ruddy are the only two keepers left in his squad.

Neither man has ever won a senior cap, however the Norwich keeper is favourite to start after he was ruled out of the Euro 2012 tournament after breaking a finger on his first day of training.

Butland, 19, has so far only had experience at senior level in League Two for Cheltenham last season, although he did play for Great Britain during their Olympic campaign.

Sturridge missed a penalty in the shootout as Team GB were knocked out of London 2012 by South Korea at the quarter-finals stage, while Hart took no part on Sunday as Manchester City won the Community Shield against Chelsea.

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