Chelsea’s Ben Chilwell says his World Cup dream will not be possible after a scan revealed the England left-back has a “significant” hamstring injury.
Chilwell, 25, was injured in the Blues’ 2-1 Champions League win over Dinamo Zagreb on Wednesday.
England has won 17 titles and was in the last team in September, although he did not play.
England kick off the World Cup against Iran on November 21, with boss Gareth Southgate naming his squad on Thursday.
Chilwell tore his cruciate ligament in November last year and was sidelined until May.
“After the ACL injury I worked really hard to make sure I was ready for the World Cup.” Chilwell wrote on social media.
“It’s always been my dream. Unfortunately, this won’t be possible after my scan results. I’ll do everything I can to get back to playing for Chelsea as soon as possible.”
Chilwell was part of the England squad for Euro 2020, although he did not make an appearance at the tournament.
Chelsea said a scan on his hamstring “has resulted in a significant injury and unfortunately he is expected to miss the World Cup”.
They added: “Ben will now begin a rehabilitation program with the club’s medical department.”
England were hit by defensive injuries
Chilwell is the latest defender to be injured as England prepare for the tournament.
Chelsea right-back Reece James is a major doubt with a knee injury, while Manchester City right-back Kyle Walker is confident of making the squad despite groin surgery.
Southampton defender Kyle Walker-Peters will be out until the end of the year with a hamstring injury.
Manchester City midfielder Kalvin Phillips is also a doubt after dislocating a shoulder, although City manager Pep Guardiola is “optimistic” he will be fit in time for the tournament.
England boss Southgate favors a 3-5-2 formation, with Manchester United left-back Luke Shaw starting at left-back in their latest game against Germany.