Gibbs out; Shelvey, Bertrand in for England

Chelsea left back Ryan Bertrand and uncapped Liverpool

midfielder Jonjo Shelvey were called up by England on Monday as

injury cover ahead of the World Cup qualifiers against San Marino

and Poland.

Bertrand replaces Kieran Gibbs, who pulled out with a thigh

injury, and will be an understudy to Chelsea teammate Ashley Cole

and Leighton Baines.

And with Frank Lampard having limped off midway through

Chelsea’s Premier League win over Norwich on Saturday, the

20-year-old Shelvey was promoted from England’s under-21 side and

will train with the senior squad at its new training base at St.

George’s Park in central England.

Shelvey was on the periphery at Liverpool last season but has

become a regular pick in the club’s midfield under new manager

Brendan Rodgers.

If Lampard recovers in time, he is favored to captain England

against San Marino at Wembley Stadium on Friday in the absence of

the suspended Steven Gerrard.

England, which is level on four points with Montenegro and

Poland after two qualifiers in Group H, takes on the Poles away on

Oct. 16.