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Wilshere ruled out of England's game with Holland

Jack Wilshere has a knee problem. Credit: PA

Jack Wilshere will miss England's friendly against Holland on Friday due to injury, manager Gareth Southgate has announced.

The Arsenal midfielder suffered a knee problem in training on Thursday morning and did not travel to Amsterdam.

Southgate said: "Nothing too serious. We had the option to bring him here, treat him here and let it settle or keep him at base. We decided to leave him there.

"It will be interesting to see how he responds. He was disappointed to pull out of training. It is not something new for him. He has trained well with us this week."

Southgate also confirmed that Jordan Pickford will start in goal against the Netherlands in Amsterdam and Jordan Henderson will be captain.

Broad takes 400th test wicket against New Zealand

Stuart Broad has become only the second English bowler to reach 400 Test wickets. Credit: PA

Stuart Broad has become only the second English bowler to reach 400 Test wickets.

Broad followed his team-mate, and all-time national leading wicket-taker, James Anderson to the feat when he had Tom Latham clipping a catch to midwicket at the start of the final session on day one of the first Test against New Zealand in Auckland.

His notable achievement, however, was overshadowed by England's collapse to 58 all out in New Zealand's inaugural day-night Test.In reply, the hosts were 92 for two.


Burnley's Pope admits surprise at senior England call-up

Nick Pope has been hugely impressive in goal for Burnley this season. Credit: PA

Nick Pope admits he had to pinch himself after earning his first England call-up but the Burnley goalkeeper is eyeing a starting place at this summer's World Cup.

The 25-year-old will be vying for his first Three Lions cap in the upcoming friendlies against Holland and Italy after being named in Gareth Southgate's 27-man squad.

The former Welling, Cambridge and Charlton keeper has impressed for the Clarets this season and Pope intends to take his chance at international level.

"It's obviously a day I never thought I'd see come and, now it has, it's massive elation for me and everyone close to me," Pope said at a press conference.

"I've played in some cold, dark leagues. It's a level, this national team, that you think is too far away almost.

"I feel like I've put in some hard yards and proven myself at them levels to try and get to this level. I don't think it's a fluke to get called up to the England squad."

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