Ashton blow for England

Forward joins Johnson on sidelines for England

Ashton: Laid low

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West Ham striker Dean Ashton has been ruled out of England's Euro 2008 qualifiers with Estonia and Russia.

Ashton has been forced to withdraw from the squad after picking up an injury in West Ham's defeat at Aston Villa at the weekend.

The former Crewe hit-man sustained a medial knee ligament injury and he faces a few weeks on the sidelines.

The news is a major blow for Ashton after he was recalled to the squad for the first time since winning his first call-up against Greece in August 2006.

Ashton joins Everton's Andy Johnson in withdrawing from the squad, with Toffees boss David Moyes confirming his player requires ankle surgery.