Date: 2nd September 2008 at 5:16pm
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Craig Gardner has withdrawn from Friday’s U-21 squad after suffering a tight hamstring.

Friday’s match sees Pearce’s U-21 charges take on Portugal in the Group 3 qualifying game for the European Championships.

Whilst Gabby and Milner continue to push for a starting line up for the 7.45pm match at Wembley, Craig has headed home for a bit of a rest.

The move is described as ‘a precautionary measure’ and the official site hasn’t gone over the top in suggesting he will play no part in our upcoming matches, so fingers crossed a bit of stretching will have him back as new.

And sooner rather than later.