Loftus-Cheek out of England U21 squad

Chelsea midfielder Ruben Loftus-Cheek (right)

Chelsea midfielder Ruben Loftus-Cheek is out of England’s Under-21 squad for the European Championships in Poland.

The 21-year-old has a back injury and was not included as the initial squad of 28 was trimmed to a final 23 by manager Aidy Boothroyd.

Chelsea’s Izzy Brown and Manchester City’s Patrick Roberts are also out because of injuries.

Keeper Joe Wildsmith (Sheffield Wednesday) and defender Sam McQueen (Southampton) were omitted.

However, McQueen is on standby.

The tournament starts on Friday, 16 June when England face Sweden in their opening game of a group which also includes Poland and Slovakia.

England U21 squad

Goalkeepers: Angus Gunn (Manchester City), Jonathan Mitchell (Derby County), Jordan Pickford (Sunderland).

Defenders: Calum Chambers (Arsenal), Ben Chilwell (Leicester City), Kortney Hause (Wolverhampton Wanderers), Rob Holding (Arsenal), Mason Holgate (Everton), Dominic Iorfa (Wolverhampton Wanderers), Alfie Mawson (Swansea City), Jack Stephens (Southampton), Matt Targett (Southampton).

Midfielders: Lewis Baker (Chelsea), Nathaniel Chalobah (Chelsea), Jack Grealish (Aston Villa), Will Hughes (Derby County), John Swift (Reading), James Ward-Prowse (Southampton).

Forwards: Tammy Abraham (Chelsea), Demarai Gray (Leicester City), Jacob Murphy (Norwich City), Nathan Redmond (Southampton), Cauley Woodrow (Fulham).

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