Wright-Phillips ruled out of England qualifiers

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Winger Shaun Wright-Phillips has been ruled out of England's World Cup qualifiers against Kazakhstan and Andorra next month by a knee injury.

The pacy winger has not played for his club Manchester City since the Uefa Cup defeat by Hamburg on 9 April and will need an operation to solve the problem.

City manager Mark Hughes said "Shaun trained earlier this week but he got a reaction." Hughes expects the winger to be ready for preseason training.

England are away to Kazakhstan on 6 June, before hosting Andorra four days later at Wembley. Fabio Capello's side are top of Group 6, with a maximum 15 points from five games.