Tottenham duo Aaron Lennon and Jermaine Jenas are the latest players to withdraw from England’s squad to face Holland in a friendly on Wednesday.
Lennon has a knee injury and Jenas, who is suffering from a calf problem. The pair join, defenders Gary Neville and Ledley King, striker Darren Bent and midfielders Stewart Downing and Scott Parker who have already pulled out of the squad through injury. Keeper Chris Kirkland will be absent because his wife is set to give birth.
Manchester United winger Kieran Richardson is the only player coach Steve McClaren has drafted in following the withdrawals.
Neville’s withdrawal increases the chances of 18-year-old Manchester City defender Micah Richards earning his first cap.
“I’ve watched him play a number of times and he is a strong, quick and athletic player who has really impressed at Manchester City this season,” said McClaren
“This match provides us with a great opportunity to have a look at him over the next few days and he fully deserves his chance.”
“The rate of improvement we have seen from him since the reserve-team games this time last season has been outstanding and I still believe there is a lot more to come.”