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Liverpool's Gerrard pulls out of Dutch friendly

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  • Steven Gerrard withdraws from England squad for friendly against Netherlands
  • Liverpool midfielder reported tightness in his groin following a training session
  • Liverpool start English Premier League season against Tottenham on Sunday
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(CNN) -- Steven Gerrard has pulled out of the England squad for Wednesday's friendly against the Netherlands in Amsterdam due to a groin injury.

Gerrard was pulled out of the England squad as a precaution with a groin injury.

Gerrard was pulled out of the England squad as a precaution with a groin injury.

Gerrard has a slight soreness in the groin and the move is believed to be precautionary ahead of the opening of the English Premier League season at the weekend.

Liverpool manager Rafael Benitez will be hoping his captain can recover in time for Sunday's match against Tottenham Hotspur as his side bid to win the English title for the first time in 19 years.

Gerrard trained with the England squad on Monday but reported tightness in his groin and was not in the party which flew out to Amsterdam on Tuesday morning.

His place in the side will be taken by Aston Villa's Ashley Young.

Gerrard is the second withdrawal from the England squad, with Manchester United goalkeeper Ben Foster pulling out after hurting his knee in their Community Shield defeat to Chelsea at Wembley on Sunday.

He has been replaced by Joe Hart, who is now on loan at Birmingham after losing his place at Manchester City to Shay Given.

With regular number one goalkeeper David James still sidelined by injury, West Ham's Robert Green is set to start in Amsterdam.

England coach Fabio Capello has not called up a replacement for Gerrard for the prestige friendly in the Amsterdam Arena.

Gerrard last missed an England international when they lost 2-0 to European champions Spain in February and has been a key figure in a successful qualifying campaign which sees them close to sealing a place in the 2010 World Cup finals in South Africa.

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