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England pair struggling with injuries

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It is looking increasingly unlikely Peter Crouch and Shaun Wright-Phillips will be handed a starting berth for England against Slovakia on Saturday.

For the second day running the pair missed Wednesday's training session with calf and ankle strains respectively and will be reassessed on Thursday morning to decide whether they are fit enough to play a part.

However, having missed half of the physical work the rest of Fabio Capello's squad have done since meeting up on Monday night, it is difficult to see either man being handed a place in the England side at Wembley this weekend, the last warm-up before a crucial World Cup qualifier with the Ukraine on April 1.

While the enforced absence is nowhere near as serious - or controversial - as that of Ledley King, it is a major disappointment for both men.

Crouch showed he is in fine form last Saturday when he netted both goals in Portsmouth's victory over Everton and was hoping to put some pressure on Emile Heskey, who is tipped for the role at target man.

Meanwhile, Wright-Phillips' electrifying form on the wing for Manchester City meant he could easily have edged out David Beckham, who is expected to win a record 109th cap, eclipsing the record of Bobby Moore.

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Portsmouth
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Ledley King
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David Beckham
Emile Heskey
Premier League
Peter Crouch
Everton
Bobby Moore
Shaun Wright-Phillips

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