Jadon Sancho has returned to Manchester United after being ruled out of England’s World Cup qualifiers against Andorra and Poland.
The 21-year-old forward missed Thursday’s 4-0 win in Hungary after sustaining what Three Lions boss Gareth Southgate described as a “minor knock”.
And a statement from the FA on Saturday said: “Following further assessment, the 21-year-old has returned to his club and is expected to recover in time for Manchester United’s fixture with Newcastle United on Saturday September 11.”
The statement added that Southgate would now have a 23-man squad for Sunday’s Andorra fixture at Wembley.
England then travel to Warsaw to face Poland on Wednesday.
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Meanwhile, Southgate expects his players to get the “fantastic reception” they deserve when England step out at Wembley for the first time since losing the Euro 2020 final.
Nobody will forget the Three Lions’ run to just their second ever major tournament final, nor the heart-breaking manner in which their hopes were ended on penalties against Italy under the arch in July.
Marcus Rashford, Sancho and Bukayo Saka were subjected to sickening racist abuse online after missing their spot-kicks, but that hate was met by an outpouring of love from across the world.
England fans will again show their backing for the trio on Sunday with a banner at the World Cup qualifier against Andorra as Southgate’s side line-up at Wembley for the first time since the loss to Italy.
“I don’t have any doubts that the players will get a fantastic reception on Sunday,” the England boss said after Thursday’s 4-0 win in Hungary, where Raheem Sterling and Jude Bellingham were subjected to monkey chants.
“I think the country knows the journey they took them on and although there were some ridiculous things happened on the night of the final and some awful things were said by some.
“It’s like we are saying tonight, you shouldn’t tar everybody with the same brush. We shouldn’t tar all the Hungarian fans with that brush and it’s certainly not the case with our own fans.
“We know the groundswell of support that came immediately after that abuse the three boys received and I witnessed that first hand when I went to Brentford and saw Bukayo come on – it was an incredible experience to see – so I’m sure that’s exactly what we’ll see on Sunday and the players completely deserve it.”