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Gary Cahill out of England against San Marino

Taylor called up to replace crocked Cahill as England's defensive crisis deepens after Ferdinand farce

By
David Kent

PUBLISHED:

09:58 GMT, 19 March 2013

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UPDATED:

10:19 GMT, 19 March 2013

Gary Cahill has joined the list of England casualties after being ruled out of Friday's clash with San Marino.

Cahill hurt his knee during Chelsea's win over West Ham at the weekend and will play no part against the minnows in Rimini.

Manager Roy Hodgson, who has already lost Rio Ferdinand and Michael Dawson and brought in Joleon Lescott and Steven Caulker, has called up uncapped Newcastle centre-half Steven Taylor.

Crocked: Gary Cahill picked up an injury during Chelsea's win over West Ham and will miss out for England

Crocked: Gary Cahill picked up an injury during Chelsea's win over West Ham and will miss out for England

Fitness fight: England defender Cahill will be reassessed before Tuesday's crunch clash with Montenegro

Fitness fight: England defender Cahill will be reassessed before Tuesday's crunch clash with Montenegro

An FA statement read: 'Chelsea
defender Gary Cahill has been ruled out of England’s World Cup qualifier
with San Marino on Friday evening.

'Cahill
was assessed by England medical staff on Monday and will not be able to
take part in the match, but will be reassessed later in the week with a
view to the second of England’s two qualifiers, against Montenegro on
Tuesday.'

Taylor earns his call-up on the back
of a string of fine performances for the Magpies. He has represented
England at every level from Under 16 through to Under 21 and earned a
place in the full squad for a friendly against Germany in 2007.

More to follow…

SOS: Newcastle defender Steven Taylor has been called in to the England squad by boss Roy Hodgson

SOS: Newcastle defender Steven Taylor has been called in to the England squad by boss Roy Hodgson

Wembley Stadium sold out for England v San Marino

They're the worst team in the world… but Wembley will be 90,000 sell-out for San Marino

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UPDATED:

10:27 GMT, 10 October 2012

They may be the worst team in the FIFA rankings, but it seems San Marino still have the power to sell out Wembley Stadium.

All 90,000 tickets for Friday night's World Cup qualifier have been sold, the Football Association has announced.

The FA had labelled England's third match in the qualifying group 'The one you can't afford to miss' and lowered prices to 25 for some sections of the ground.

Full house: All the tickets for England's World Cup qualifier against San Marino on Friday have been sold

Full house: All the tickets for England's World Cup qualifier against San Marino on Friday have been sold

And it seems the public has responded by snapping up the last few tickets this week.

England's last qualifier, a 1-1 draw with Ukraine last month, was watched by a crowd of 68,102 – the lowest Wembley crowd for an international since just under 58,000 attended a World Cup qualifier with Andorra at the height of a Tube strike in June 2009.

Empty Seats: England's last World Cup qualifier with Ukraine had been 22,000 short of capacity

Empty Seats: England's last World Cup qualifier with Ukraine had been 22,000 short of capacity

Royal approval: The England squad was joined by the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge at the opening of the new St George's Park training complex on Tuesday

Royal approval: The England squad was joined by the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge at the opening of the new St George's Park training complex on Tuesday

San Marino's manager, Giampaolo Mazza, said he hoped there would be 2,000 fans supporting his team in the crowd, though only 100 will travel with the team on a chartered flight from Rimini on Thursday.

San Marino, who have won one match in their history, are ranked joint 207th in the FIFA Rankings with Bhutan and the Turks & Caicos Islands.

England follow up Friday night's encounter with a trip to Warsaw to play Poland on Tuesday night.

Zlatan Muslimovic trains with Sunderland

Sunderland in bid to hijack Rangers deal for Muslimovic as striker trains with Black Cats

In demand: Muslimovic trained with Sunderland on Tuesday

In demand: Muslimovic trained with Sunderland on Tuesday

Zlatan Muslimovic trained with Sunderland on Tuesday, according to the player's agent.

The Bosnia & Herzegovina striker trained with Rangers yesterday as he seeks a new club, following his summer departure from PAOK Salonika.

'Zlatan trained at Rangers yesterday,' said Bezemer, in quotes reported by STV. 'Everything was nice and we were interested.

'But now another offer has come in to train at another club. Zlatan trained at Sunderland today and we will now see how that works out.

'Zlatan had a very good feeling about Rangers. They are a very nice club, the trainer was a good man and he spoke very well.

'Rangers want him but we have lots of interest in the player. He would like to play in a good league. The leagues in Scotland and England fall into that category.'

Muslimovic, 30, has scored 12 goals in 33 caps for his country, who missed out on both the 2010 World Cup and this summer's European Championship after play-off defeats to Portugal.

Before joining PAOK he had a spell in Italy, first with Udinese – where he failed to make an impression and was loaned out to seven clubs, enjoying his most prolific spell at Rimini – and then Atalanta.