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Kieran Trippier withdraws from England squad for World Cup qualifiers

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Tottenham right-back Kieran Trippier has withdrawn from the England squad ahead of Friday's World Cup qualifier against Malta due to injury.

Trippier had been absent as England trained in front of the media at St George's Park on Tuesday, and was also missing from Thursday morning's session.

The Football Association released a statement which said: "Kieran Trippier has left the England camp and returned to Tottenham.

"The right-back hasn't trained all week at St George's Park as he continued rehabilitation on an injury sustained playing for Spurs.

"With the England squad due to depart for Malta on Thursday afternoon, it was felt it was in the player's best interests to return to his club.

"No replacements are planned at this moment in time and (England boss) Gareth Southgate will travel with a 26-man Three Lions group ahead of the World Cup qualifier."

The only other man who was in the squad Southgate originally named for Friday's match and Monday's qualifier against Slovakia that will not travel to Malta is goalkeeper Jordan Pickford, who pulled out earlier in the week because of a muscular injury.

Defender Phil Jones and midfielders Jake Livermore and Nathaniel Chalobah were all involved in Thursday's session after sitting out Tuesday's due to minor injuries.

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain looked relaxed as he took part shortly before the announcement of his transfer deadline day switch from Arsenal to Liverpool.

Oxlade-Chamberlain had undergone a medical at St George's Park in the build-up to the deal being completed.

Raheem Sterling, who has been linked with a switch from Manchester City to Arsenal, also looked at ease as he took part on Thursday morning.

Southgate - 'Alli needs to win trophies'

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England boss Gareth Southgate has told Dele Alli he needs to start winning trophies before he can be considered a world-class player.

The Tottenham midfielder has become a key figure for the national team less than two years after making his debut, and will be expected to shoulder even more responsibility in the wake of Wayne Rooney's international retirement.

But Southgate says the 21-year-old still has to prove himself.

"Dele is an exciting player and it's a great opportunity for him to kick on, but there's always a challenge," said the England manager, quoted in several national newspapers.

"He's a young player, but he's not a proven player. At the moment, he hasn't won anything.

"Like all young players, he's got to keep looking to improve. His goalscoring record over the past couple of years is phenomenal for a player who is not an out-and-out striker."

Keane: Everton's Rooney deserves England recall

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Michael Keane believes Wayne Rooney is enjoying a new lease of life at Everton and deserves a recall to the England squad.

England's record goalscorer netted his 200th Premier League goal - becoming only the second player to reach that landmark - in Everton's 1-1 draw at Manchester City on Monday.

The goal was also Rooney's second in two league appearances since rejoining his boyhood club from Manchester United and his new team-mate Keane is impressed by his work-rate.

The defender said: "You see it more so than ever. He wants to do really well for this club. He wants to help us win something. Until that happens he won't be resting.

"He has been fantastic since day one. He is a leader in the dressing room, he has worked really hard on his fitness and it is showing in the games.

Keane hopes to see him return as Southgate prepares to name his squad for upcoming World Cup qualifiers against Malta and Slovakia on Thursday - both live on ITV.

The 24-year-old said: "Personally I think he deserves it the way he has been playing but that is up to the manager. There are a lot of good strikers who have been scoring goals so it is his decision."

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