Manchester United midfielder Michael Carrick withdrew from England's squad for this weekend's Euro 2012 qualifier against Switzerland on Wednesday because of injury.
Carrick joined up with the squad earlier this week with a 'knock' he suffered during United's 3-1 Champions League final defeat by Barcelona last weekend and has been unable to train.
Now, following examination by England's medical staff, it has been decided to release Carrick back to Old Trafford, leaving manager Fabio Capello with a 24-man squad.
It was far from certain Carrick would have started, with Scott Parker, Frank Lampard and Jack Wilshere tipped to form a midfield trio against the Swiss at Wembley on Saturday.
Carrick is the third player to withdraw from the squad.
Fulham keeper David Stockdale has been replaced by West Ham's Robert Green while Jermain Defoe dropped out with a wrist injury.