Bertrand called into England squad as Welbeck returns to Arsenal

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The Southampton left-back replaces Leighton Baines, who has returned to Everton, while the Gunners striker sustained a knee injury in Friday's 4-0 win over Lithuania

Southampton defender Ryan Bertrand has been called into England 's squad to face Italy on Tuesday, with Danny Welbeck the latest player to drop out through injury.

England had already planned for left-back Leighton Baines to return to Everton after Friday's Euro 2016 qualifier with Lithuania at Wembley, which saw the hosts record a comfortable 4-0 win, and the 30-year-old has been replaced by Bertrand.

However, in addition to Baines, Hodgson will also be without Welbeck for the midweek friendly in Turin, after the Arsenal striker sustained a knee injury against the European minnows, as well as Raheem Sterling and James Milner, who have been managing respective toe and knee problems.

"We knew we were going to be losing Raheem Sterling, who had an injection last night on an on-going injury, and hopefully that will help him as we go forward," Hodgson told the FA website.

"We have a problem with James Milner who had to leave, we decided to let Leighton Baines go home and of course we lost Danny Welbeck, who unfortunately picked up a slight knee injury.

"So those four players won't be with us going forward but it means a chance for the other guys in the squad to show what they can do.

"We are going to bring Ryan Bertrand in because with Leighton Baines gone we are now left with only one recognised left-back, which is Kieran Gibbs and we wanted two recognised left-backs for both games."

With Sterling, Welbeck and Daniel Sturridge having dropped out of the squad, England are left with two forwards to face Italy - skipper Wayne Rooney and the in-form Harry Kane, who marked his debut against Lithuania with a goal just 79 seconds after coming off the bench.

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