Raheem Sterling has been forced to pull out of England’s squad for their upcoming fixtures against Spain and Switzerland, as reported by the Mirror.

The Manchester City star was in top form for his side on Saturday evening as he netted the opener in their 2-1 home victory against a resilient Newcastle United team.

However, it seems he has sustained a minor injury, with the forward withdrawing from the England squad due to a back problem.

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Pep Guardiola will be concerned about Sterling’s condition, given his importance to his plans at Manchester City, but will also be hopeful that the issue is merely a knock.

Sterling has proven to be a vital cog in Gareth Southgate’s side and featured regularly during England’s highly-praised World Cup campaign during the summer.

However, Southgate will be without Sterling for England’s upcoming UEFA Nations League fixture against Spain and their friendly against Switzerland.