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Steven Gerrard to Miss Netherlands Clash

  • AFP, Wednesday, August 12, 2009 1:15 PM
Steven Gerrard has pulled out of the England squad for Wednesday's friendly against the Netherlands in Amsterdam because of a groin strain. He is replaced by Aston Villa's Ashley Young, who has five England caps. While training on Monday, Gerrard felt a slight soreness in the leg and it was decided to pull him out of the squad as a precaution.  Goalkeeper Ben Foster had already been replaced by Joe Hart after hurting his knee in Manchester United's Community Shield loss to Chelsea on Sunday.

The Los Angeles Galaxy's David Beckham hopes to stretch his national team appearances to 113, 12 short of goalkeeper Peter Shilton's record.

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