England call-up for Mason

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The Football Association (FA) announced on Monday night that Mason, 23, had been drafted into the national squad for the upcoming games against Lithuania and Italy as Fabian Delph is struggling with illness and Adam Lallana has been ruled out through injury.

Aston Villa midfielder Delph is suffering from a stomach bug and Lallana has pulled out of the double-header after he sustained a groin injury in Liverpool’s 2-1 defeat to Manchester United on Sunday.

Lallana was substituted at half-time during Sunday’s game at Anfield and did not meet with the rest of his international team-mates at St George’s Park on Monday afternoon.

Reports had suggested his Liverpool team-mate Daniel Sturridge was struggling with a hip injury, but he joined the squad in Burton and there was no mention of the striker in the statement the FA issued on Monday evening.

“Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Ryan Mason has been drafted into Roy Hodgson’s England squad,” the statement read.

“The inclusion of the 23-year-old follows the withdrawal of Liverpool’s Adam Lallana through injury.

“Mason, a regular for Spurs this season, has previously represented the Three Lions at U19 and U20 level.

“Lallana wasn’t the only absentee as the senior squad gathered at St. George’s Park on Monday afternoon in preparation for the forthcoming fixtures against Lithuania and Italy.

“Aston Villa’s Fabian Delph remained at home with a sickness bug but is expected to link up with the team later this week.”

Keeper Fraser Forster and full-back Luke Shaw have already withdrawn from the squad, with Rob Green, Jack Butland and Danny Rose earning a call in their place. ??