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Marcus Bettinelli in, Adam Lallana out of England squad

Bettinelli in, Lallana out of England squad
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Fulham goalkeeper Marcus Bettinelli is handed his first call-up to the England squad, while Liverpool playmaker Adam Lallana drops out through injury.

England boss Gareth Southgate has handed a call-up to Fulham goalkeeper Marcus Bettinelli for the nation's fixtures with Spain and Switzerland.

Bettinelli started the season out of the reckoning at the Cottagers, but the 26-year-old has since returned to impress in the club's last two outings in the top flight.

That has resulted in the one-cap former England Under-21 international being given the opportunity to link up with the Three Lions ahead of the upcoming double-header.

However, there is disappointment for Liverpool's Adam Lallana, who has been forced to withdraw from the group due to a groin problem.

The playmaker had been hoping to make an impact having missed the World Cup due to a lack of match fitness, but the 30-year-old has now returned to his club to be further assessed.

Manchester City winger Raheem Sterling also pulled out of the squad on Monday.


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Tables
TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1Manchester CityMan City1210203653132
2Liverpool129302351830
3Chelsea128402781928
4Tottenham HotspurSpurs1290320101027
5Arsenal1273226151124
6Bournemouth126242116520
7Watford126241714320
8Manchester UnitedMan Utd126242021-120
9Everton125431915419
10Leicester CityLeicester125251716117
11Wolverhampton WanderersWolves124441213-116
12Brighton & Hove AlbionBrighton124261318-514
13West Ham UnitedWest Ham123361418-412
14Newcastle UnitedNewcastle12237915-69
15Burnley122371225-139
16Crystal Palace12228817-98
17Southampton12156821-138
18Cardiff CityCardiff122281125-148
19Huddersfield TownHuddersfield12147622-167
20Fulham121291131-205

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