Johnson ruled out of Spain game
By Alex Dunn
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Andrew Johnson has withdrawn from England's squad to face Spain.
Andrew Johnson has withdrawn from England's squad to face Spain in Wednesday's international friendly with an ankle injury.
The Everton striker played in Saturday's Merseyside derby but is not confident that his ankle injury has healed sufficiently for him to play so soon after a competitive Premiership game.
Johnson was not expected to play too prominent a role at Old Trafford in any case, with Kieron Dyer the more likely to win his first cap under Steve McClaren's tenure.
England's preparations for the Spain game have already been hampered by the withdrawal of Tottenham midfielder Jermaine Jenas, who along with Bayern Munich's Owen Hargreaves will play no part.
McClaren is also sweating on the fitness of Wayne Rooney, even though the Manchester United striker has been cleared to link-up with his international team-mates.
Rooney was replaced midway through the second half of his side's demolition job on Sunday against Tottenham and will now be assessed by the Football Association's medical staff.