Reds forward is not on Sunday’s flight to Kiev.
In-form Liverpool front man Daniel Sturridge has been ruled out of England’s crucial trip to take on Ukraine in Kiev on Tuesday night with a thigh strain, according to reports in the Guardian.
The England international was sent back to Merseyside from St George’s Park on Thursday to undergo further treatment on the problem, hence ruling the 24-year-old out of the Three Lions’ World Cup Group H qualifier against lowly Moldova at Wembley Stadium on Friday night.
Roy Hodgson’s side did not ultimately miss Sturridge in the capital as England ran out comfortable 4-0 winners over the group strugglers, however, the England head coach had been desperate for the striker to link up with the squad again on Sunday ahead of the teams’ flight to Ukraine.
And that is because Hodgson is already without the likes of fellow forwards Wayne Rooney and Andy Carroll through injury, while Manchester United attacker Danny Welbeck has also be ruled out of the trip to the Ukrainian capital after picking up a second yellow card of the qualifying campaign against Moldova.
All of which means that the Three Lions boss must now rely on inexperienced Southampton front man Rickie Lambert, who scored his second England goal on Friday, and Tottenham Hotspur forward Jermain Defoe for a match that England cannot afford to lose if they want to qualify for next summer’s World Cup in Brazil.