Trio pull out of England Under-21 squad
Micah Richards, Kieran Gibbs and Alex Smithies have all withdrawn from the England Under-21 squad preparing to face Romania. U21s boss Stuart Pearce has seen his squad for the European U21 Championship play-off hit by a trio of withdrawals. Manchester City defender Richards, Huddersfield goalkeeper Smithies and Arsenal full-back Gibbs have all dropped out of the 23-man party and returned to their clubs due to injury. Friday's first leg will be played at Norwich's Carrow Road ground with the second leg taking place in Botosani next Tuesday as Pearce's men chase a place at next summer's finals in Denmark.
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