Robert Green Pulls Out Of England Squad For Crucial Euro 2012 Qualifiers

Upton Park keeper to miss Wembley clash.

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West Ham United goalkeeper Robert Green has withdrawn from the England squad to face Bulgaria and Wales in the Euro 2012 qualifiers due to a finger injury.

The 31-year-old reported for national duty last night but it was obvious he could not take part in the build up to Friday’s match in Sofia and has returned to his club for treatment.

Derby’s Frankie Fielding has been called up as a replacement but with Ipswich’s on-loan keeper David Stockdale, conceding seven against Peterbrough last week, the emphasis is on Joe Hart’s fitness.

West Brom shot-stopper Ben Foster has declared his semi-retirement from international football leaving only inexperienced cover for Hart.

Fielding started all three matches for Stuart Pearce’s side at the European U21 Championship Finals in Denmark in June, but has never played for the seniors.

It emerged during England’s training session at London Colney that Green had been ruled out by a finger injury.

The withdrawal of Green is another blow to head coach Fabio Capello, who has had to already replace Manchester United duo Danny Welbeck and Rio Ferdinand in his original squad.

The players are out because of hamstring knocks but United new boy Phil Jones has earned his first senior call up.

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