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Walker out for England while Welbeck a doubt

ESPN staff
May 27, 2013
Joe Hart and Wayne Rooney joked around on Monday at England training © PA Photos

Kyle Walker has pulled out of the England squad for this week's friendlies against Republic of Ireland and Brazil.

Walker missed training this morning at St George's Park and the FA subsequently announced that the Tottenham defender would not be fit. It is understood Walker was hurt during his side's end-of-season friendly against Jamaica in the Bahamas last Thursday.

Walker wrote on Twitter: "Gutted to have been ruled out of the England squad for the upcoming fixtures through injury. All the best to the lads."

Manchester United striker Danny Welbeck is also an injury doubt having missed training on Monday morning but took part in a separate gym session giving hope that he could return in time to play a part.

The rest of Roy Hodgson's 21-man squad took part in the training session at St George's Park, including Manchester City's Joe Hart, Joleon Lescott, James Milner and Chelsea's Gary Cahill, Ashley Cole and Frank Lampard, who have returned from their clubs' end-of-season tour of the United States.

Between 100 and 200 Three Lions fans affected by the decision to delay England's World Cup qualifier against Poland in October watched the training session after being invited by the FA.

The game was put back a day due to severe rainfall, meaning many supporters with pre-existing travel plans missed out.

England face the Republic of Ireland at Wembley on Wednesday evening, before travelling to Rio de Janeiro to face Brazil on Sunday.

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