Cape Town - Manchester United full-back Aaron Wan-Bissaka
will have to wait a bit longer for the chance to make his England debut after
suffering a back injury.
The 21-year-old has settled in impressively at United since his summer arrival from Crystal Palace for a fee that could rise
to £50 million.
Wan-Bissaka's form saw him rewarded with a maiden senior
call-up for September's home Euro 2020 qualifiers against Bulgaria and Kosovo,
but injury has led to his early departure from Gareth Southgate's squad.
A statement from the Football Association read: "Aaron
Wan-Bissaka has withdrawn from the England squad.
"The Manchester United right-back has returned to his
club due to a back issue.
"With Trent Alexander-Arnold and Kieran Trippier
already included in Gareth Southgate's now 24-man squad, no replacements are
Wan-Bissaka trained at St George's Park with the England
squad on Monday and United have described this issue as an "injury
Southgate kept close tabs on the talented right-back last term,
and he swept up at Palace's end-of-season awards, only to endure a torrid time
at the Under-21 European Championship with Aidy Boothroyd's Young Lions.
Wan-Bissaka has responded well to that disappointment yet
eyebrows were still raised when World Cup semi-finalist Kyle Walker was omitted
from the senior squad, with Alexander-Arnold and the rejuvenated Trippier also
"We tracked him very closely last year, and we thought
he had an outstanding season last season, but we wanted him to stay with the
Under-21 group," Southgate said at the squad announcement.
"He's adapted very well and very quickly to a
high-profile move. And playing in front of 70,000 fans, that brings intensity
"We're looking at him and Trent and that's the reason
on this occasion that Kyle Walker isn't with us, we feel it's an opportunity in
particular to have a look at two young players.
"We talked about the number of games we've got ahead of
"We think we need to see them quickly and we also
wanted to reintegrate Kieran Trippier back into the group just so he knows that
he's still on our radar, and he's obviously had a big - a huge - move to
Atletico Madrid, frankly, that kind of goes under the radar a little bit here
and he's started the season really well.
"So, it is an area of the pitch where we have a lot of
"Kyle has started the season really well, so I've
explained to him the rationale for the thinking. It's not the case that he's
not playing well for Manchester City - it's quite the opposite.
"So, yes, that is an area of the pitch with some really
good, and four very different, options.
"They all have completely different strengths, and
we're looking forward to helping some of them develop."