Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridge will miss England’s crucial World Cup qualifying clash against Ukraine, it has been confirmed.

Sturridge was always a doubt for the game and returned to his club for treatment before England’s game against Moldova on Friday evening. He will not recover in time to play any part in the game, however. 

England’s main strikers come in the form of Wayne Rooney, Andy Carroll, Sturridge, Danny Welbeck, Jermain Defoe and Ricky Lambert, although injury to Rooney and Carroll and now Welbeck’s suspension leave boss Roy Hodgson with a dilemma.

It has also been confirmed that there will be no replacement for Sturridge, who has been in fine form for Liverpool this season, and his presence will certainly will be missed by the England squad. The Liverpool striker has scored five goals in his last four games this season and a total of 17 goals in 22 appearances for the club.

Sturridge picked up his thigh injury in the 1-0 defeat of Manchester United, in which he scored the only goal of the game. His struggle with injury was reported after the game.

Hodgson thoroughly bemoaned the one-match ban for Welbeck. Speaking after their win against Moldova, Hodgson told BBC Radio 5 Live: "The thing that is a major, major negative is, after losing two centre-forwards of great quality, I have now lost a third for a second booking."

England currently sit top of their World Cup qualifying group on goal difference and remain one point above their opponents, Ukraine, who have played the same number of games.

Do you think England will beat Ukraine? Can Lambert step up to the plate for the Three Lions?

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