Scott Carson has withdrawn from the England squad, leaving Fabio Capello with yet more goalkeeping worries.
West Brom keeper Scott Carson has been released from the England squad following a family bereavement.
The Baggies shot-stopper will now play no part in the Three Lions’ opening Euro 2012 qualifier against Bulgaria on Friday.
Carson had been hoping to make his first international appearance since a 2-1 victory over Germany in November 2008.
However, with issues in his personal life having to take priority, he must wait to make his return to the fold.
There is a chance he would have watched the full 90 minutes against the Bulgarians from the bench anyway, as Manchester City’s Joe Hart is now established as No.1 for club and country.
Carson’s absence does highlight the lack of depth in the goalkeeping department available to Fabio Capello, though, with few options available as cover.
Watford’s Scott Loach has been promoted from the U21 squad for now, but England would have hoped to have had more experienced options from which to choose. (Sky Sports)
England’s goalkeeper situation must be giving Fabio Capello a real headache. Joe Hart is a worthy number one in my opinion, but the squad cannot afford to be short on back-up. Ben Foster may still be in the squad but there is no other experienced option for the manager to call on if needed.
With the international careers of David James and Paul Robinson seemingly finished, and with Robert Green and Chris Kirkland not favoured by Fabio Capello, England have again had to opt for the services of a relatively unknown understudy.