DRU Yearwood has been forced to drop out of England's under 18 squad with a hamstring injury.

The midfielder picked up the problem on the final day of the season against Bristol Rovers and will now not be heading to China with the Three Lions.

But Blues boss Chris Powell is certain Yearwood will get further opportunities to impress on the international stage.

"Dru is disappointed like you would expect," said Powell.

"But I'm sure there will be further opportunities for him."

Yearwood, who came through the youth system with the Shrimpers, made 28 appearances last season.