Liverpool players withdraw from England squad

England travel to Kosovo on Saturday without defender Joe Gomez and midfielder Jordan Henderson.

Gareth Southgate’s team play Kosovo in Pristina on Sunday and Henderson’s return from suspension will not be realised thanks to a viral infection.

Gomez, meanwhile, picked up an injury in Friday’s training session.

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The fact that both are Liverpool players hasn’t gone unnoticed but Gomez’s knock occurred on England duty and Henderson reportedly arrived sick this week, so the benefit of the doubt has to apply here.

However, the disgraceful booing of Gomez at Wembley on Thursday could point to an unfortunate crack in relations between club and country.

Any further rupture must be avoided.

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