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03rd Oct 2016

People are cracking the same joke as Raheem Sterling pulls out of the England squad

Andros Townsend will replace him...

Robert Redmond

 Raheem Sterling has pulled out of England’s squad to play Malta and Slovenia.

The Manchester City winger has come down with a severe case of international football-itis a “slight calf injury”, and has been replaced in Gareth Southgate’s squad by Andros Townsend.

The decision of England’s temporary manager to include Glen Johnson left some confused, as the Stoke City full-back hasn’t played for his country since 2014.

Townsend’s call-up hasn’t caused the same controversy, as England could beat Malta with Andy Townsend, and the Crystal Palace winger has started the season in impressive form.

Sterling’s withdrawal hasn’t exactly been mourned by the masses, with many using his departure to take the piss out of his performance against Spurs on Sunday.

The City winger struggled, like the rest of his team, against their opponent’s high-pressing style. He also failed to get the better of Danny Rose and Kyle Walker, the Spurs full-backs and his England teammates, in the 2-0 defeat at White Hart Lane.

City are yet to confirm the nature of Sterling’s injury, or whether he is in-fact still in Danny Rose’s pocket. We’ll keep you posted.

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