Gerrard to miss out for England

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Steven Gerrard will play no part in England’s friendly with Denmark on Wednesday due to a groin problem.

The midfielder would have been favourite to captain the side in the absence of Rio Ferdinand - who was injured in the warm-up before Manchester United’s defeat at Wolves on Saturday night - but, despite playing the full 90 minutes of yesterday’s 1-0 win over Chelsea, he will not feature.

Liverpool manager Kenny Dalglish confirmed Gerrard would report for assessment with the England doctors but that he would not be available for duty.

“He has a groin problem,” said Dalglish. “He has to go so England can have a look at him but we’ve spoken to them and he’ll not be playing.”

Gerrard was caught up in a club-versus-country row last time he played for England after sustaining a hamstring injury in the friendly against France when he played 85 minutes despite Fabio Capello initially agreeing with the Reds to keep their skipper on for just an hour.

His subsequent injury, which kept him on the sidelines for some time, saw the club receive an insurance payment from the FA to cover his wages while absent.

The squad had two unfamiliar names in ex-Sheffield United star Kyle Walker, now at Aston villa on loan from Spurs, and Fulham goalkeeper David Stockdale who had a loan spell with Rotherham United a couple of years ago.

Scott Parker and Leighton Baines, who were amongst the players axed from Capello’s 30-man provisional World Cup squad in South Africa, are included.

Joleon Lescott, Michael Dawson and Gary Cahill will battle it out to partner John Terry in central defence.

Frank Lampard’s first appearance since August means 19-year-old Jack Wilshere will be handed the midfield holding role, whilst Capello has already declared his intention to partner Darren Bent, Aston Villa’s recent £24million signing, with Wayne Rooney for a game he views as essential preparation for next month’s Euro 2012 qualifier in Wales.

Barnsley right back Kieran Trippier and former Sheffield United star Kyle Naughton, currently on loan at Leicester from Spurs, have been called up by Stuart Pearce for the England Under 21 squad as they prepare to face Italy away on Tuesday.

There have been eight withdrawals and also called up are Leeds’ Johnny Howson, Chelsea’s Josh McEachran and Crystal Palace striker James Vaughan who is on loan from Everton.

Manchester United’s Chris Smalling, Manchester City’s Micah Richards and Sunderland’s Jordan Henderson have all picked up knocks and are among those ruled out.