England Will Have Two Absences for Upcoming Friendlies

Roy Hodgson rightfully gambles on youth

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England will face two tough outings against Chile and Germany on their way to prepare the squad looking towards the World Cup next year in Brazil.

The Three Lions have a solid squad and when they’re on their game, they are one of the best teams in the world. Sadly for their fans, they will suffer two important absences for the upcoming matches. Per reports, Manchester United’s duo of Danny Welbeck and Michael Carrick won’t be able to take part in the fixtures due to different injuries. Carrick has an Achilles tendon problem suffered last weekend against Arsenal while Welbeck has a knee injury.

Despite the fact that both players appeared as starters for at least the first match against Chile, manager Roy Hogdson shouldn’t be worried about the injuries as they aren’t serious. He has enough depth already and he decided not to call replacements, showing he trusts the players currently in the team.

Welbeck could be easily replaced by Daniel Sturridge and Carrick could be substituted by teammate Tom Cleverley, who would give much more pace to the midfield against two of the top teams in the world right now.

England had already seen their preparation disrupted as they had to change bases after a possible virus alert at the National Football Centre. No player has presented any symptom so far as the management decided to move elsewhere in a wise choice as they wanted to prevent any possible issue.

While it’s not ideal to miss players in the preparation fixtures, England should be calmed about the fact that Welbeck and Carrick won’t be able to suit up. Barring injuries, the two players are poised to be part of the squad that will travel to Brazil next year if they’re able to maintain their level of play until the end of the season.

Juan Pablo Aravena is a sports writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter @jparavenarant or add him to your network on Google

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