Double Defensive Blow for England

Injuries force England's coach manager Steve McClaren to drop central defenders Rio Ferdinand and Michael Dawson off the squad for England's friendly against Brazil and their UEFA EURO 2008 qualifier in Estonia

Central defenders Rio Ferdinand and Michael Dawson will both miss England's friendly against Brazil and their UEFA EURO 2008 qualifier in Estonia due to groin injuries, head coach manager Steve McClaren said on Tuesday.

Manchester United's Ferdinand, who missed several club games with the problem at the end of the season, was a likely starter alongside John Terry in Friday's friendly at Wembley and the trip to Estonia next Wednesday.

He is likely to be replaced by Liverpool's Jamie Carragher.

Dawson, who played for England B last week, was hoping to be among the substitutes and with Jonathan Woodgate absent after knee surgery, McClaren has only Tottenham Hotspur's Ledley King and Manchester United's Wes Brown as cover for central defence.

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