England boss Gareth Southgate: 'Chelsea's Danny Drinkwater declined call-up'

Jack Cork was called up by England for the first time after impressing for Burnley this season

Three Lions boss Gareth Southgate has revealed he contacted the Chelsea star about being part of his squad to take on Germany and Brazil. "These are two games where we can not make mistakes", De Rossi, a World Cup victor in 2006, told reporters on Wednesday. "If it were just about treating the match like a battle, anyone could play in Serie A and the national team".

"I've never played there", said 22-year-old Germany defender Niklas Suele, who could partner his Bayern Munich club-mate Mats Hummels at centre-back in Boateng's absence.

Tottenham head coach Mauricio Pochettino's suggestion that the latter player will be fit in time for the derby with Arsenal after the global break raised eyebrows, intensifying murmurings of a potential issue between clubs and country.

Tottenham duo Harry Kane and Harry Winks were forced to pull out of the squad, as were Manchester City forward Raheem Sterling and Liverpool midfielder Jordan Henderson, while a hamstring problem ruled out Spurs playmaker Dele Ali ahead of the squad announcements.

'Hearing this talk of club v country, it is a nonsense'. Harry Kane - I knew he was in trouble because he stayed down - Kane doesn't stay down. It's a nonsense. The players are injured and can not play. Harry Kane doesn't stay down. Both him and Harry Winks were scanned, both scans our medical department have reviewed.

"Spurs might risk them for the game with Arsenal".

But he has returned to the starting XI in recent weeks, in a new left wing-back role, and his displays have earned him a first England call-up since 2013. "It is still a test phase, I do not always want to see the players who play a lot, but also prepare the others for such games". He has played at every level for England previously.

Southgate said: "Danny Drinkwater I did speak to earlier in the week, but he feels he's not fit enough to play".

"I think Jonjo is a different type of player - plays deeper, receives very deep, plays nearly in a quarterback position for his club".

The Football Association announced on Thursday night that the Stoke goalkeeper had broken his finger in training.

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