Saka withdraws from England squad for Brazil, Belgium friendlies

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Saka withdraws from England squad for Brazil, Belgium friendlies

By AFP

21 March 2024   |  
7:00 pm

Saka has established himself as a key figure in Gareth Southgate’s England team, but he will miss the Euro 2024 warm-up matches due to an unspecified injury. The games against Brazil at Wembley on Saturday and Belgium at the same venue next Tuesday are England’s last outings before Southgate announces his Euro squad in May.…

Liverpool’s Brazilian goalkeeper Alisson Becker (L) attempts to stop the ball controlled by Arsenal’s English midfielder Bukayo Saka during the English Premier League football match between Liverpool and Arsenal at Anfield in Liverpool, north west England on December 23, 2023. (Photo by Paul ELLIS / AFP)

Saka has established himself as a key figure in Gareth Southgate’s England team, but he will miss the Euro 2024 warm-up matches due to an unspecified injury.
The games against Brazil at Wembley on Saturday and Belgium at the same venue next Tuesday are England’s last outings before Southgate announces his Euro squad in May.

Saka’s withdrawal comes as Arsenal prepare for a dramatic end to the season.

The Gunners sit top of the Premier League and face a Champions League quarter-final clash with Bayern Munich.

“Bukayo Saka has left the England camp and returned to his club for continued rehabilitation,” a Football Association statement said on Thursday.

“The Arsenal forward reported to St George’s Park with an injury and has been unable to participate in training.

“No further replacements are planned as a 25-man England squad continue their preparation for the forthcoming internationals with Brazil and Belgium.”

Prior to leaving the squad, Saka had been working indoors on an individual programme along with Harry Kane, Cole Palmer and Jordan Henderson.

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