Jack Rodwell out of England Under-21 squad

Jack Rodwell
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A hamstring injury rules Jack Rodwell out of the England Under-21 squad that is due to take on Serbia tomorrow.

Manchester City midfielder Jack Rodwell has withdrawn from the England Under-21 squad for this week's Euro 2013 qualifier against Serbia with a hamstring problem.

The 21-year-old sustained the injury during the first meeting between the two nations at Carrow Road on Friday evening.

Despite admitting that Rodwell's exclusion is a blow, manager Stuart Pearce is confident that they will cope with the City player's absence.

"We're disappointed for Jack, naturally, but I know what I've got in this squad and I know they're good enough to see the job through," said Pearce.

"We've had a lot of injuries to contend with throughout this qualification campaign so it's not a challenge we're unfamiliar with. I know my players and I'm no less confident in our chances."

Rodwell has now returned to City for further treatment.

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