LONDON, England ● Liverpool’s uncapped midfielder Jonjo Shelvey and Chelsea’s left-sided player Ryan Bertrand have been added to the England squad for the World Cup qualifiers with San Marino and Poland.
The English FA said in a statement that left back Kieran Gibbs had been ruled out of the squad with injury, prompting Bertrand’s callup following two previous caps.
Regular left back Ashley Cole, charged with misconduct by the FA on Monday for a foul-mouthed Twitter comment about the organisation, joined up with the squad as normal ahead of the San Marino game at Wembley on Friday and the October 16 trip to Poland.
England coach Roy Hodgson raised eyebrows when calling up uncapped duo Raheem Sterling of Liverpool and Adam Lallana of Southampton for last month’s Group H qualifier against Ukraine and Shelvey’s addition this time is another surprise.
● Poland’s Jakub Blaszczykowski will miss the World Cup qualifier against England on October 16 after being told he would be out for six weeks because of the ankle injury he sustained in Borussia Dortmund’s game at Hanover 96.
Dortmund also said in a statement on Monday they would be without central defender Mats Hummels for two weeks after he hurt his leg in Sunday’s 1-1 Bundesliga draw against Hanover.
Hummels has been replaced in Germany’s squad by Heiko Westermann of Hamburg SV for the World Cup qualifiers against Ireland on Friday and Sweden four days later.
Westermann has not played for his country since the goalless draw with Sweden in November 2010.
Poland captain Blaszczykowski, who turned his ankle in the 39th minute, will also be sidelined for Friday’s friendly international against South Africa.
He has already scored two goals in Poland’s opening two World Cup Group H qualifiers.
● James McClean, Sean St Ledger and Glenn Whelan will miss Ireland’s World Cup qualifier at home to Germany on Friday, manager Giovanni Trapattoni said on Monday.
Trapattoni told a news conference that Sunderland winger McClean, who has a hip strain, may also miss the away game against the Faroe Islands game on October 16.
St Ledger and Whelan, who like McClean were part of Ireland’s Euro 2012 squad, underwent scans on Monday and have been ruled out of both matches, the Football Association of Ireland (FAI) said in a statement.
Aston Villa utility player Ciaran Clark has been called into the squad.
● Partizan Belgrade goalkeeper Vladimir Stojkovic will miss Serbia’s World Cup qualifiers this month after breaking a collarbone in a league match on Sunday, the Serbian Football Association (FSS) has revealed.
“Bruges goalkeeper Bojan Jorgacevic has been called up after Stojkovic was forced to withdraw with a fractured collarbone,” the FSS said on its website (www.fss.rs) on Monday.
Stojkovic was taken off on a stretcher in the first half of Partizan’s 2-1 home win over Javor Ivanjica and rushed to hospital as the Serbian champions went top of the table.
Serbia, who top Group A on goal difference with four points from two games, entertain Belgium at Red Star’s Marakana stadium on Friday before visiting neighbours Macedonia on October 16.
Udinese keeper Zeljko Brkic is favoured to stand in for Stojkovic, given that Jorgacevic’s last competitive international was a 1-0 defeat to Slovenia in a Euro 2012 qualifier when he conceded a goal from the halfway line.