England v Denmark: Kieran Trippier and Ben Chilwell out of Nations League game

England v Denmark: Kieran Trippier and Ben Chilwell out of Nations League game
Kieran Trippier
Kieran Trippier was England captain for the first time in last week’s 3-0 win over Wales

Manager Gareth Southgate says Kieran Trippier’s withdrawal from the England squad to face Denmark in the Nations League is “another distraction”.

Atletico Madrid full-back Trippier, 30, reportedly left the team to attend a Football Association hearing over a betting charge given to him in May.

The FA said Trippier had departed the squad “for personal reasons”.

Chelsea’s Ben Chilwell will also miss Wednesday’s game to return to his club for checks on a pre-existing injury.

Chilwell, 23, did not feature in either match, having breached Covid-19 guidelines when he reportedly attended a birthday party for club-mate Tammy Abraham last weekend.

Southgate still has a 28-man squad to select from for the game against Denmark – although his options on the left side of the pitch are now drastically reduced.

Chilwell is naturally left-sided, while Trippier, who was England captain in last week’s friendly win over Wales, operated at left wing-back in Sunday’s victory over Belgium.

Southgate said of Trippier’s withdrawal: “There is not a lot I can say about that really. It is not something which is in my control.

“I have got to focus on preparing the team with the players I have got available. We always find solutions. It is an opportunity for somebody else.

“If I lose focus on the job in hand – there are a million distractions, frankly – so this is another distraction, but it is something I have got to plough on through.”

Arsenal pair Bukayo Saka and Ainsley Maitland-Niles are the two most obvious alternatives for the left-back role.

Ton up for Eriksen

Christian Eriksen
Christian Eriksen has scored 33 goals in 99 games for Denmark

Inter Milan midfielder Christian Eriksen is in line to win his 100th cap for Denmark at Wembley, where he played for a season with former club Tottenham when the new stadium was being built.

Eriksen, 28, played more than 300 games in seven seasons with Spurs, before moving to Serie A last January.

“It’s good to be back at Wembley and back in London,” he said. “To reach 100 in tomorrow’s game is impressive, in a weird way, because it’s something you only think about when you retire.

“You want to play the next game, and the next one. When I retire, I’ll look back – but at the moment it’s just about the next one.

“You play for Denmark because you are talented and because you work for it.”

England and Denmark played out a drab goalless draw last month but the Danes picked up an impressive 3-0 win over Iceland on Sunday.

Eriksen added: “We’ve come here with two wins in our last two games so we are confident we can get a result.

“We know England are a good team but we learnt a lot from the first game against them and I hope we will take it to the next step.”

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