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The Chelsea centre-back will be reassessed ahead of Tuesday's clash with Montenegro but Newcastle's Steven Taylor is summoned as cover after a medical examination on Monday

Chelsea centre-back Gary Cahill has been ruled out of England's World Cup qualifier against San Marino, with Newcastle defender Steven Taylor called up as cover.

Cahill was assessed by England medical staff on Monday, having sustained a knee injury during Chelsea's victory over West Ham on Sunday.

The Blues centre-back will be re-assessed ahead of the Montenegro qualifier next Tuesday, but Taylor will now likely feature against the European minnows on Friday.

On receiving the call-up, Taylor stated on Twitter via his representatives: "I am so happy to have received a call-up to the full squad. It's every player's ambition to represent their country."

Taylor has made 29 appearances for England Under-21s, but has never been capped at senior level.

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