Defender pulls out of England squad: Potential replacements from Liverpool, Everton & Southampton

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Kyle Walker has pulled out of the England squad ahead of their friendly match against Denmark, so who could replace him?

Tottenham right-back Kyle Walker has withdrawn from the England squad due to a groin injury that he picked up in Spurs' 1-0 win over Cardiff City on Sunday.

Spurs boss Tim Sherwood openly said after the match that Walker would be unlikely to play against the Danes on Wednesday night. 

The former Sheffield United defender will be disappointed not to be able to add to his 10 England caps and nail down the right back berth for the World Cup in the summer.

Lets take a look at three possible replacements for Walker.

Jon Flanagan 

The young Liverpool full-back has shown glimpses of real quality this season, making 13 Premier League appearances for the club. The 21-year-old was not chosen by Roy Hodgson, despite his recent good run. Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers told the Liverpool Echo;

"Jon has that potential,

“He has all the qualities to play in that position for England."  

Perhaps the best quality Flanagan has shown this season is his ability to put in a solid performance in the biggest of games, which certainly bodes well for the future.

John Stones

Another young lion who is impressing on Merseyside this season is John Stones, who has filled in at centre-half and at right-back. Despite only making five Premier League starts this season, he has shown real talent and versatility when he has featured.

Stones has received a lot of praise for his assured performances in the heart of Everton's defence this season, and without doubt is a future England regular. 

Calum Chambers 

Chambers is another product of the Southampton youth system that has produced players such as Gareth Bale andTheo Walcott among others. However, there is talk that Chambers has the potential to be the best of the lot and despite his tender age he could really make an impact on the international stage.   

Southampton Captain Adam Lallana complimented young Chambers when he said the following recently:   

"Clyne and Chambers have great potential and are pushing each other all the way. If they keep developing they will be fresh in his (Roy Hodgson) thoughts as well.explained Lallana 

Chambers has made 17 appearances for Southampton this season and the 19-year-old has shown a wonderful understanding of the game, is dangerous going forward and is reliable at the back. Another certainty to be a future Three Lion star, but is Chambers ready now?  

Who should be called up to the senior squad for Wednesday's friendly to replace Walker? 

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