Football: Injured Tarkowski withdraws from England World Cup stand-by list

James Tarkowski (left) has been nursing a groin problem and it has now been decided that he should undergo surgery with a view to being ready for the Premier League pre-season.
James Tarkowski (left) has been nursing a groin problem and it has now been decided that he should undergo surgery with a view to being ready for the Premier League pre-season.PHOTO: AFP

LONDON (REUTERS) - James Tarkowski has withdrawn from England's World Cup stand-by list to undergo a hernia operation, a statement by his club Burnley said on Sunday (May 27).

The 25-year-old defender had been training with England at their pre-tournament camp since last Monday, having been named as one of England manager Gareth Southgate's five reserves for the tournament in Russia.

Tarkowski has been nursing a groin problem and it has now been decided that he should undergo surgery with a view to being ready for the Premier League pre-season.

England do not intend to call up a replacement defender.

England's opening World Cup fixture in Group G is against Tunisia on June 18.