Injury forces Townsend withdrawal from England squad

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The Tottenham winger arrived for international duty with "a minor injury" and has been sent back to White Hart Lane for treatment rather than face Slovenia and Scotland

Andros Townsend has become the second player in as many days to withdraw from the England squad to face Slovenia and Scotland.

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After Michael Carrick left the squad with a groin injury on Wednesday, Roy Hodgson's options have been depleted further with the loss of the Tottenham winger.

According to a statement from the Football Association, the 23-year-old "reported for duty on Monday with a minor injury and will go back to Tottenham for further treatment".

Townsend, who has six caps, will miss the European Championship Group E qualifier against Slovenia at Wembley on Saturday and the following friendly against Scotland.

The midfielder has struggled to find the form that saw him earn his first England cap last season, as struggles with injury have seen him make just five Premier League appearances so far in 2014-15.

He scored one of the Three Lions' five goals against San Marino in October but has been an unused substitute in their other two qualifying matches.

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