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Chelsea's Ruben Loftus-Cheek, Leicester's Ben Chilwell out of U21s

Chelsea's Ruben Loftus-Cheek has returned to Stamford Bridge.

Chelsea midfielder Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Leicester City defender Ben Chilwell have withdrawn from the England Under-21 squad because of injury, the Football Association has confirmed.

Loftus-Cheek was replaced by Sunderland striker Duncan Watmore in the 73rd minute of Thursday's 1-0 UEFA U21 Championship qualifying win over Kazakhstan, while Chilwell was not part of the matchday squad.

England's official Twitter account confirmed that both players had returned to their clubs.

Loftus-Cheek has made two appearances in the EFL Cup for Chelsea this season, both times being deployed in an experimental role as a support striker.

Chilwell's lone senior appearance for Leicester in the current campaign came against Loftus-Cheek and Chelsea in an EFL Cup match at the King Power Stadium in September.

Liam is ESPN FC's Chelsea correspondent. Follow him on Twitter: @Liam_Twomey.


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