England call Fulham goalkeeper Marcus Bettinelli into the squad after Raheem Sterling withdrawal

Former England Under-21 keeper Bettinelli, 26, is being drafted in for the games with Spain and Switzerland.

Earlier in the day, Raheem Sterling pulled out of England's squad with a lower back problem.

The 23-year-old would almost certainly have started Saturday's Nations League clash with Spain at Wembley.

And things could get worse for Southgate and Co for their Uefa Nations League openers – with Adam Lallana also an injury worry.

The Liverpool star started the session at St George's Park today – the Three Lions' first since the World Cup – but left the pitch early as a precaution with a groin strain.


THE ENGLAND SQUAD IN FULL

GOALKEEPERS:

Jack Butland (Stoke), Alex McCarthy (Southampton), Jordan Pickford (Everton), Marcus Bettinelli (Fulham)

DEFENDERS:

Trent Alexander-Arnold (Liverpool), Joe Gomez (Liverpool), Harry Maguire (Leicester), Danny Rose (Tottenham), Luke Shaw (Manchester United), John Stones (Manchester City), James Tarkowski (Burnley), Kieran Trippier (Tottenham), Kyle Walker (Manchester City)

MIDFIELDERS:

Dele Alli (Tottenham), Fabian Delph (Manchester City), Eric Dier (Tottenham), Jordan Henderson (Liverpool), Adam Lallana (Liverpool), Jesse Lingard (Manchester United), Ruben Loftus-Cheek (Chelsea)

FORWARDS:

Harry Kane (Tottenham), Marcus Rashford (Manchester United), Danny Welbeck (Arsenal)

But the main news from today is Bettinelli, who only last season was sitting on the bench at then-Championship side Fulham.

The keeper spent much of last term on the sidelines before a late-season surge saw him reclaim the No1 jersey.

Bettinelli worked his way through the Cottagers' youth ranks and has earned one cap at Under-21 level – in 2015.

The Fulham No1 has played two games this season, in the most recent games against Burnley – a 4-2 win – and the 2-2 draw with Brighton.

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