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Bukayo Saka forced to withdraw from England squad with covid-19

Arsenal star Bukayo Saka has withdrawn from the England squad after testing positive for COVID-19.

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Bukayo Saka forced to withdraw from England squad with covid-19
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Bukayo Saka has withdrawn from the England squad for upcoming friendlies against Switzerland and Ivory Coast after testing positive for covid-19.

Saka had been isolating from the rest of the squad at St. George's Park since Wednesday, but the decision has now been taken for the 20-year-old to return home.

No replacement for Saka

Three Lions manager Gareth Southgate will not call up a replacement for the Arsenal forward.

Saka has made 33 appearances for the Gunners in all competitions this season, scoring 10 goals and registering five assists.

Southgate has already had to make several changes to the initial squad named, with Kyle Walker-Peters, Tyrick Mitchell, Ollie Watkins and Sam Johnstone all being drafted in to replace unavailable players.

Johnstone himself then also had to be replaced by Fraser Forster on Wednesday after withdrawing through illness.

England welcome Switzerland to Wembley on Saturday before also hosting Ivory Coast on Tuesday as preparations continue for the World Cup in Qatar later this year.

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