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
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
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