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Neville out of England team with calf injury

india Updated: Nov 12, 2006 09:09 IST

Defender Gary Neville withdrew from the England team that will play the Netherlands because of a calf injury. The right back was hurt on Saturday during Manchester United's 1-0 win at Blackburn in the English Premier League. He came off at halftime.

"It's unfortunate. It's a calf muscle injury that keeps recurring. He won't be playing for England on Wednesday, unfortunately," Manchester United manager Alex Ferguson. "It is a concern and we want to get to the bottom of it, as fluid keeps getting into the muscle. We will leave him out for a couple of weeks so we can get him back to the level he needs to get it right." Neville would have won made his 85th international appearance against the Netherlands, and moved to within one of Kenny Sansom, the most-capped England fullback.

Neville's withdrawal means 18-year-old Micah Richards is in line for his first cap. Richards, who plays for Manchester City, would be the youngest defender to play for England.