Carroll out of England squad

Liverpool striker Andy Carroll has withdrawn from the England squad for the friendly games against the Republic of Ireland and Brazil because of a foot injury, the Football Association have announced.

The FA revealed the news in a statement late on Tuesday, and said that manager Roy Hodgson had not called up a replacement.

"Andy Carroll has been ruled out of the England squad for the upcoming internationals with Republic of Ireland and Brazil," said the FA. "Carroll had been named in Roy Hodgson's squad that will take on Ireland at Wembley on Wednesday 29 May, and then travel to Rio to face Brazil on 2 June, but has now been forced to withdraw through injury. No replacement will be made at this time."

Carroll spent the season on loan at West Ham United and ended the season with a strong burst of form that drew warm praise from Hodgson. 

His withdrawal leaves Hodgson with four strikers at his disposal in Liverpool's Daniel Sturridge, Jermain Defoe of Tottenham Hotspur, and the Manchester United pair of Wayne Rooney and Danny Welbeck.

England's players are due to convene at their St George's Park training base on Sunday.