Euro 2012 qual. - Striker crisis as Defoe out for England

Wed, 25 May 20:01:00 2011

Tottenham's Jermain Defoe has pulled out of the England squad for the Euro 2012 qualifier with Switzerland at Wembley on June 4.

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Defoe completed the full 90 minutes in Spurs' final match of the season against Birmingham on Sunday and was then named as one of four strikers in Fabio Capello's 26-man squad.

However, Defoe has now picked up an injury, meaning he will not report for duty on Monday.

Despite limiting Capello's striking options, the England boss has so far decided against calling up a replacement.

Wayne Rooney is suspended for the Switzerland game after picking up two yellow cards earlier in the qualifying campaign.

Liverpool's Andy Carroll is injured, meaning that Darren Bent (Aston Villa), Peter Crouch (Tottenham Hotspur) and Bobby Zamora (Fulham) are the only recognised strikers currently available to Capello.

England squad:

Goalkeepers: Joe Hart (Manchester City), Scott Carson (West Bromwich Albion), Robert Green (West Ham)

Defenders: Leighton Baines (Everton), Gary Cahill (Bolton Wanderers), Ashley Cole (Chelsea), Rio Ferdinand (Manchester United), Phil Jagielka (Everton), Glen Johnson (Liverpool), Joleon Lescott (Manchester City), John Terry (Chelsea), Kyle Walker (Tottenham Hotspur)

Midfielders: Gareth Barry (Manchester City), Michael Carrick (Manchester United), Stewart Downing (Aston Villa), Adam Johnson (Manchester City), Frank Lampard (Chelsea), James Milner (Manchester City), Scott Parker (West Ham United), Theo Walcott (Arsenal), Jack Wilshere (Arsenal), Ashley Young (Aston Villa)

Forwards: Darren Bent (Aston Villa), Peter Crouch (Tottenham Hotspur), Bobby Zamora (Fulham)

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