Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridge has been ruled out of England's World Cup 2014 qualifier on Tuesday against Ukraine, after failing to recover from a thigh injury.
Sturridge had returned to Liverpool after being initially ruled out of Thursday night's 4-0 victory against Moldova, with hope the 24-year old would have recovered in time for England's must win qualifier.
With Wayne Rooney already ruled out with a serious head injury, and Danny Welbeck suspended after receiving a ludicrous yellow card in Thursday's victory, it leaves Roy Hodgson with just Rickie Lambert and Jermaine Defoe as the only fit strikers.
It comes as a major blow to Hodgson's plans, with Sturridge in sensational form since joining Liverpool from Chelsea in January.
Sturridge has netted 17 times in 22 Liverpool appearances, and has already managed five goals in four games this season, including the lone goal in the recent victory against Manchester United.
With just three games remaining in England's 2014 World Cup qualifying campaign, they currently sit top of Group H, level on points with Montenegro, separated by their far superior goal difference with a game in hand.
Ukraine lay just a point behind England having played the same amount of games.
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