Injury worry for England

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain will have a scan on Thursday to determine if the Arsenal midfielder will be fit for the forthcoming World Cup finals.

Last Updated: 05/06/14 at 14:14 Post Comment

More of the games that matter

Upgrade in minutes or watch with a NOW TV Day Pass.

Oxlade-Chamberlain suffered a lower leg injury during England's friendly against Ecuador in Miami, putting his tournament participation in doubt

Manager Roy Hodgson is concerned about the injury sustained in a tackle with Carlos Gruezo, just days before England open their campaign against Italy.

He was quickly taken off and Hodgson admitted at his post-match press conference that he was worried about the youngster who also missed the end of the Premier League season with a groin injury.

Oxlade-Chamberlain was noticeably limping as he left the England dressing room and headed through the media mixed zone on his way out of Sun Life Stadium.

Hodgson said: "Oxlade-Chamberlain is the one that bothers me. His knee buckled under the the challenge as the player turned into him.

"He'll have a scan. When we've had the scan, we'll know more."

The England coach also confirmed Jack Wilshere and Luke Shaw were taken off in the second half as a precaution.

"It was cramp. We took them off for those reasons alone," he added.

Despite the injury concerns, Hodgson was pleased with the performances of his players, especially those of experienced duo Wayne Rooney and Frank Lampard.

"Rooney and Lampard I thought were immense," he said. "It's hot out there, they have got a lot of young players around them and I thought they really showed their maturity and we saw the benefit of that.

"That proves to me as well that we have a balance between experience and youth and I shall go away from today's game relatively happy.

"It would have been nice to win it but certainly there were many positives I can take from it.

"I thought it was a very good game. I was disappointed with the sendings off, and the potential injury to one of our players - but as a friendly, a warm-up match for our players, it was good.

"They tested us but we dealt with them very well for long periods, and caused their defence many problems. We could have been several goals up before they scored their goal."

Hodgson also played down Raheem Sterling's dismissal against Ecuador.

The Liverpool winger was sent off for a reckless challenge on Antonio Valencia and will be suspended for England's friendly against Honduras on Saturday.

The 19-year-old, though, will be able to play in the Three Lions' opening World Cup game against Italy on June 14.

"I'm disappointed," said Hodgson. "I thought it was a fierce challenge from young Raheem, not a foul challenge. He played the ball.

"I'm disappointed with Antonio's reaction, grabbing the player. Had he not jumped up there wouldn't have been a problem but, when he does that, the referee had to deal with that and sent Raheem off.

"I'm pleased Raheem didn't react to a lot of people milling around him."

More of the games that matter

Upgrade in minutes or watch with a NOW TV Day Pass.

Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

M

aybe Hull charged the Liverpool fans more because their massive sense of entitlement takes up more room? Badum tish.

sailingmagpie
Everton team subsidise awayday

T

he John Carver Experiment sounds like the worst jazz fusion band of all time. Which is saying something.

sailingmagpie
The John Carver Experiment: The Next Episode

T

ime to play Liverpool players in their natural positions? I agree, but surely the subs' bench isn't big enough for all of them?

balls-to-monty
The John Carver Experiment: The Next Episode

Footer 365

Chelsea 1-0 Crystal Palace: Eden Hazard the hero as Blues secure Premier League title with nervy win

Chelsea secured their first Premier League title in five years after a nervy 1-0 win over Crystal Palace.

Four-time winner Didier Drogba delighted as Chelsea secure title

Legendary Chelsea striker Didier Drogba celebrated his fourth title triumph after Chelsea defeated Crystal Palace 1-0.

John Terry revels in Chelsea title win at Stamford Bridge

John Terry said winning his fourth Premier League title at Stamford Bridge was “what he lived for”.

Mail Box

Shouldn't We Give Players Time?

Do we really want to throw out the baby with the bathwater every single summer? We also have a Man United fan who wants massive investment. And more...

Liverpool: No Greater Than Aston Villa

It's fair to say that Raúl H. Garcia from the morning mailbox has got something of a kicking on Thursday afternoon. Oh and the Neviller is wrong for once...

© 2015 Sky Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media company