The Football Association have confirmed that defender Phil Jones has been released from the England squad after picking up an injury in training.
The 25-year-old Manchester United centre-half, who has 20 international caps for the Three Lions, will therefore not be part of the Three Lions squad that flies to Dortmund to take on Germany in an international friendly on Wednesday night.
The FA add that there are no immediate plans for manager Gareth Southgate to call up a replacement, but with fellow defender Gary Cahill suspended for Sunday’s 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifier against Lithuania, he will assess his options following tomorrow’s fixture.
Jones, who joined The Red Devils from Blackburn Rovers back in June 2011, has been restricted to 22 appearances in all competitions for Jose Mourinho’s side so far this season.
Having already been hampered by a knee injury earlier in the 2016-17 season, the England defender is back on the sidelines after his latest setback, though it comes as little surprise to many Red Devils fans, especially those who took to Twitter…
Phil Jones injured!? Never!
— Mourinho_IN (@Moyes_GONE) March 21, 2017
If Phil Jones was a car pic.twitter.com/EDRbGCMzYR
— Marwan El Prince (@marwanprince) March 21, 2017
Phil Jones could kill himself with a crayon.
— Hayley B (@Hayles_101) March 21, 2017
I don’t know if it’s a blessing or a curse that Phil Jones is injured
— Chi chi Omegara (@chichi__o) March 21, 2017
Phil Jones must be the worlds most clumsiest footballer. #mrbump
— Craig phillips (@craigmarv81) March 21, 2017
Phil Jones injured Need to get rid in summer!!
— Sannith Wazza Shetty (@sannithmufc) March 21, 2017
Phil jones injured in other news water is wet
— Wayne’s World (@WeAreAUtdClub) March 21, 2017
— Richard Van Leersum (@rvanleersum) March 21, 2017
I would find it easy to believe that the world is off its orbit if Phil Jones stops getting injured.
— Okusaga Olu-Jacob (@Adeflexi) March 21, 2017
— Mark Donovan (@hughsie_10) March 21, 2017
Phil Jones injury career has been blighted by the odd bit of football.. #MUFC
— Adam Colton (@AdamsBapple) March 21, 2017