Daniel Sturridge will play no part in England's crucial World Cup qualifier against Ukraine on Tuesday night.
The in-form Liverpool striker, who missed out during England's 4-0 home win against Moldova, will not be fit in time for the trip to Ukraine, it was revealed today.
Sturridge returned to Anfield on Thursday in a bid to recover in time for next Tuesday's cash in Kiev, but he has failed to do so, and will not play no part in deciding England's fate in the all-important fixture.
The news will only compound Roy Hodgson's selection headache, which was worsened due to the suspension of Danny Welbeck after his unfortunate yellow card in last night's game at Wembley.
The Three Lions' boss will now be left with only Rickie Lambert and Jermain Defoe as out and out striking options, and the later of those is still trying to prove his fitness after returning from injury himself.
Sturridge is likely to be sorely missed by England, with many hoping to see him bring his spectacular start-of-season form to the international stage. The 24-year-old has netted four times in his opening four appearances for the Reds, and is keen to add to his six caps for the national side.