Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Southgate Suffers More Injury Woe Ahead of Slovenia Trip

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Southgate Suffers More Injury Woe Ahead of Slovenia Trip

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GARETH Southgate has suffered another injury blow ahead of England's World Cup qualifier against Slovenia tomorrow night.

Southampton left-back Ryan Betrand suffered a first-half hamstring injury against Malta on Saturday evening, with Arsenal defender Kieran Gibbs called-up as his replacement.

Southgate has bemoaned that 'remarkable' spate of injuries, but England remain overwhelming favourites to win in Slovenia.

"You could say if we'd won more comfortably (against Malta) there would be a danger of complacency for Tuesday," he added.

"I think they managed the game sensibly, albeit I know the crowd would have liked to have seen more goals, as would we. Tuesday will be a completely different game, a completely different challenge. …

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