Southampton goalkeeper Alex McCarthy has withdrawn from the England squad as a precaution.

Sky Sports have confirmed that both McCarthy and Tottenham defender Danny Rose will not be involved in the upcoming games.

England face Croatia in the UEFA Nations League on Friday night, but it was unlikely that the Southampton shot-stopper would have been involved anyway.

The player had been suffering from a slight injury that forced him to sit out of training while away with the Three Lions.

Rumours of a possible hamstring problem have surrounded the goalkeeper for some time now.

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McCarthy has returned to Southampton as a precaution, with the Saints hoping to avoid any prolonged damage.

Mark Hughes will be keen to bring the player back into the fold for their first Premier League meeting after the international break.

Southampton travel to Bournemouth after the international fixtures and summer signing Angus Gunn could be called upon if McCarthy is not fit enough to return for the game.

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