Declan Rice OUT of England's squad due to illness

Declan Rice OUT of England’s squad due to illness in another midfield blow to manager Gareth Southgate ahead of World Cup qualifiers against Albania and San Marino

  • Declan Rice’s illness has added to England’s midfield woe for the next few days
  • The West Ham midfielder was set to start against Albania on Friday night 
  • Jordan Henderson is set to start in Rice’s absence for the World Cup qualifier 

Gareth Southgate has been dealt another key midfield blow after Declan Rice dropped out of the England squad through illness.

Sportsmail reported on Tuesday that Southgate was almost certain to be without Mason Mount for the game as he recovers from dental surgery.

But in another selection dilemma, Rice has withdrawn from the squad and will head back to West Ham.

Declan Rice has had to withdraw from England duty for their World Cup qualifiers due to illness

Rice was set to start vs Albania on Friday but now England will have to rethink their midfield

Rice and Mount were sure to start the game against Albania on Friday, a match where England can all but guarantee their place at next year’s World Cup.

But their withdrawal leaves Southgate facing a huge selection problem in midfield for the clash at Wembley.

Kalvin Phillips looks sure to play, while the withdrawal of Rice opens up the door to Jordan Henderson to start.

Jude Bellingham and Phil Foden are likely to battle it out for the final slot in Southgate’s midfield.

Jordan Henderson (right) is likely to start in central midfield for the Three Lions in his absence

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