Levi Colwill is set to be included in Gareth Southgate’s England squad that is named today for the games against Ukraine and Scotland.
Chelsea defender Colwill will take over from the injured Tyrone Mings and could win his first senior cap.
The 20-year-old has started all four of Chelsea’s games under new head coach Mauricio Pochettino.
Colwill was forced off during the Carabao Cup victory over AFC Wimbledon on Wednesday night, but Pochettino allayed injury fears by describing it as a “small problem.”
Sterling had informed Southgate post-World Cup that he needed time to work on his fitness, but the forward now feels back to his best shape and has started the season impressively.
It remains to be seen whether Southgate can keep picking Henderson and Maguire past this squad, but the pair will get a chance to once again impress him.
Southgate and his coaches have been impressed by the way Anthony Gordon, who starred in the Under-21 European Championships, has started the season.
But England have fierce competition in wide and forward areas that may see Gordon miss out this time. Nottingham Forest’s Morgan Gibbs-White is another player who has been watched.
England’s game against Ukraine is a European Championship qualifier that is being played in Poland on Saturday 9 September, while the trip to Glasgow to face Scotland on Tuesday 12 September is for a friendly.