The last few weeks have been a turbulent time for the England National Team, with recently appointed manager Sam Allardyce terminated from his role after just one game in charge.
The termination of the former Bolton Wanderers, West Ham United, and Sunderland manager came after The Telegraph released undercover footage of Allardyce accepting £400,000 from undercover reporters, posing as businessmen, to provide information on how to get around FA rules on player transfers.
The scandal and Allardyce’s subsequent release led to England under-21’s manager Gareth Southgate taking over the role of national team boss on an interim basis.
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Southgate announced his first squad for the game against Malta at Wembley Stadium on Saturday, followed by the trip to Slovenia on Tuesday, which saw a questionable call up for former Liverpool right-back, Glen Johnson.
Johnson, 32, now at Stoke City, hasn’t been involved in the national team set-up since England’s disastrous campaign in Brazil over two years ago, which saw them finish bottom of their group with only one point to their name.
Unfortunately, it seems as though Johnson will have to wait at least a little bit longer to pull on an England shirt again, as it was revealed that the heavily ridiculed inclusion into Southgate’s squad had been forced to withdraw from the team due to injury.
The news means that there is a first call-up for Burnley defender Michael Keane who will take Johnson’s place in the squad.
With many England fans not too pleased with Johnson’s call-up in the first place, this is how they have reacted on twitter to his withdrawal:
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