Sunderland striker Connor Wickham withdraws from Gareth Southgate’s first England U21 match

OUT OF ACTION: Sunderland's Connor Wickham
OUT OF ACTION: Sunderland's Connor Wickham

SUNDERLAND striker Connor Wickham has withdrawn from the England Under-21 squad due to injury.

Wickham had been named in Gareth Southgate’s first squad as U21 boss, for the European Championship qualifiers against Moldova on Thursday and Finland next Monday.

But the 20-year-old is not expected to be available for either game and will remain with Sunderland during the international break.

The FA say Wickham’s fitness will be assessed again later this week.

Wickham netted twice during Sunderland’s Capital One Cup win over MK Dons last week - his first goals in red and white since January.

And he was rewarded with 90 minutes in last weekend’s 3-1 defeat at Crystal Palace.