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Daniel Sturridge ruled out of England's Swiss opener

By Paul Hirst

England have been dealt a big blow ahead of their crunch qualifier against Switzerland after Daniel Sturridge was ruled out with a thigh injury.

The Liverpool striker was one of the few players to impress in England's otherwise poor 1-0 win over Norway on Wednesday night.

But Sturridge will not be available for Monday's Euro 2016 qualifier against the Swiss because of a thigh injury he suffered in training and is returning to Anfield for treatment.

No replacement has been called up so England will travel to Switzerland tomorrow morning with just 19 players, two of whom are goalkeepers.

Danny Welbeck looks likely to replace Sturridge in the starting XI.

Welbeck, now at Arsenal, was also one of the few players to come out of the win over Norway with his reputation enhanced.

Just 40,181 people turned up to watch the Wembley game but Jack Wilshere thinks England can start to win the fans back by beating the Swiss in Basle on Monday night.

"Going over to Switzerland is a tough game but we know if we put in the performance and get the result the fans are going to come back on our side," said the Arsenal player, who thinks the negative reaction to England's winless World Cup campaign has been over the top.

"If people analysed it a bit more they would have been a bit kinder, there were just a few individual errors and a few lapses in concentration – but at that level that is what you are going to get.

"When you are playing against (Mario) Balotelli and (Luis) Suarez that is what you are going to get, they are going to punish you and they did.

"But if you look at the games, we had more positives than people give us credit for."

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