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Sep 1, 2010

Crouch ruled out of Euro 2012 qualifiers

Tottenham Hotspur striker Peter Crouch has withdrawn from the England squad with a back injury and will miss the Euro 2012 qualifiers against Bulgaria and Switzerland.

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Crouch was called up by manager Fabio Capello despite concerns about what club boss Harry Redknapp initially thought was a rib problem. However, Capello included an extra striker in his initial 24-man squad as cover and will not call up a replacement.

As Fulham forward Bobby Zamora was ruled out prior to the squad being announced, it leaves Capello to choose from Wayne Rooney, Carlton Cole, Darren Bent and Jermain Defoe, who has recovered from a groin complaint, amongst his striking options.

The Football Association opted not to make any further injury announcements, although the fact Crouch is the only player being released and no call-ups have been requested must be viewed as good news given England only had one goalkeeper at training on Tuesday.

There is cover for Phil Jagielka, who also sat out training with an ankle problem which David Moyes revealed made him an extreme doubt following Everton's defeat at Aston Villa on Sunday.

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