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Kieran Trippier withdraws from England vs Denmark to attend betting charge hearing; Ben Chilwell also out with injury

Kieran Trippier has withdrawn from the England squad ahead of Wednesday’s game against Denmark to attend a personal FA hearing in relation to betting charges.

Chelsea left-back Ben Chilwell, who missed Sunday’s win over Belgium, has also left England’s training camp due to a pre-existing foot injury.

Atletico Madrid defender Trippier was given leave to attend a disciplinary hearing over an FA betting charge, Gareth Southgate confirmed at his pre-match press conference.

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“There is not a lot I can say about that really, it is not something which is in my control,” the England manager said when asked about the issue.

“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.

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

Trippier was charged in May with misconduct relating to alleged betting around his £21.7m transfer from Tottenham to Atletico Madrid in July 2019.

The 29-year-old, however, has insisted he has never profited from betting on football, or from others doing so on his behalf.

The duo’s withdrawals leave 28 players for consideration for Southgate’s 23-man matchday squad.

With both missing, it is likely Southgate will turn to one of two Arsenal players at his disposal with Bukayo Saka and Ainsley Maitland-Niles both adept down the left.

Captain Harry Kane is set to be fit to start having been a second-half substitute at the weekend as England go in search of the win that will leave qualification to the Nations League finals in their own hands.

Trippier captained England in their 3-0 friendly win over Wales last week and also started the 2-1 victory against Belgium.

Chilwell did not feature in either match having breached coronavirus guidelines when he reportedly attended a surprise birthday party for Chelsea team-mate Tammy Abraham last weekend.

He will return to Chelsea and the club have confirmed an update on his fitness will be provided by head coach Frank Lampard in his pre-match press conference from Cobham on Friday afternoon, ahead of Saturday’s Premier League game against Southampton.

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