England and Arsenal forward Bukayo Saka will miss England’s upcoming friendlies against both Switzerland and Ivory Coast after testing positive for Covid-19. The Arsenal player had been isolated from the rest of the squad at St George’s Park since Wednesday and has now returned home.
The Three Lions England are not planning to call up a replacement for the 20-year-old as they play Switzerland on Saturday and Ivory Coast on Tuesday, with both matches taking place at Wembley.
Bukayo Saka Confirms Exit from England Squad
Bukayo Saka posted on social media that he was “gutted” to withdraw from the squad. The player said: “I’ll be supporting the boys from home this weekend and I can’t wait to be being back doing what I love soon,” he wrote on Twitter.
Southampton goalkeeper Fraser Forster was added to a 24-strong squad on Wednesday following Sam Johnstone’s withdrawal. Johnstone had been a replacement for Aaron Ramsdale, who missed out through injury.
Goalkeepers: Jordan Pickford, Nick Pope, Fraser Forster
Defenders: Conor Coady, Marc Guehi, Harry Maguire, Tyrone Mings, Trick Mitchell, Luke Shaw, John Stones, Kyle Walker-Peters, Ben White
Midfielders: Jude Bellingham, Conor Gallagher, Jordan Henderson, Mason Mount, Declan Rice, James Ward-Prowse
Forwards: Phil Foden, Jack Grealish, Harry Kane, Emile Smith Rowe, Raheem Sterling, Ollie Watkins