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No Room for Johnson on England Squad

Glen Johnson's international career may be functionally over, with news today he has been left out of the England squad. Not yet fit, Daniel Sturridge has also been left out.

Claudio Villa

With another international break approaching, Liverpool are sending four players to the England squad. Raheem Sterling, Jordan Henderson, Adam Lallana, and Rickie Lambert have all made the cut once again and will be involved when England host Slovenia on November 15th in Euros qualification before traveling to face Scotland in a friendly on the 18th.

Rickie Lambert being included is again something of a surprise, with the striker struggling for both minutes and form at Liverpool since he arrived, though after working with the player off and on for much of the year, Roy Hodgson appears comfortable with him as a depth option. And if Lambert's inclusion is a surprise, Glen Johnson being left out is at least as big of one.

Johnson, when fit, has been a permanent fixture for England regardless of form. Mostly that's been down to the fact that England just don't have very many compelling options at the position. This time, though, Hodgson is calling on Southampton's Nathaniel Clyne, and if he performs well for his country, it's easy to imagine this marking the end of Johnson's international career.

Daniel Sturridge has, once again, been left out due to fitness issues. As at the start of this month, the striker is expected back just in time to be involved for England, but given the persistent nature of his injury, Hodgson has again chosen the cautious approach. It would almost be commendable if it weren't for the role he and England played in Sturridge's initial injury.

In his absence, West Brom upstart Saido Berahino could see his first action for England, with the 21-year-old's seven goals in 10 games having caught the attention of the England coaches.

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