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Walker misses Denmark friendly

England defender Kyle Walker has been ruled out of the midweek friendly against Denmark at Wembley due to a groin injury.

The 23-year-old met up with the rest of the squad at their team base in Watford on Sunday night but after analysis from the England medical staff, he was deemed unfit to play.

"Kyle Walker has withdrawn from the England squad due to a groin injury," a Tottenham statement read.

"The full-back has missed our last four matches with the problem and will not be fit for England's friendly against Denmark on Wednesday."

Walker's absence means Glen Johnson is likely to win his 50th cap against the Danes at Wembley.

Walker, Andros Townsend, Steven Caulker, Adam Lallana and John Ruddy all missed England training on Monday.

"It is unfortunate of course," Hodgson said of Walker's hip injury.

"He hasn't played for the last two or three games and we were hoping he would recover but he needs at least another week before he will be fit to play.

"He was with us last night, we had a 'Brazil' meeting to put our plans forward.

"There aren't that many defenders so there is a good chance, if you insist I tell you Glen Johnson will get his 50th cap at right-back, then I can say yes."