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Tim Sherwood is hopeful Tottenham defender Kyle Walker will be passed fit to take his place in England's World Cup squad.

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Kyle Walker: Pelvic injury threatens World Cup agony

Kyle Walker: Pelvic injury threatens World Cup agony

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The right-back has not started a game for nearly two months because of a pelvic complaint, leading to worried comments about his availability from national coach Roy Hodgson earlier in the week.

But Sherwood feels there will be enough time, even if Walker misses the rest of the Premier League season, for him to get back close to 100% before the squad leaves for Brazil.

Hodgson will send his medical team to Tottenham next week to run the rule over the 23-year-old, who has won 10 caps since his debut against Sweden in 2011.

Sherwood told The Sun: "The England physios and doctor will come and assess Kyle and then make a decision on him.

"At the moment there's been no definite decision from my side whether he'll play for Tottenham before the end of the season and from Roy whether he's on that plane to Brazil.

"If he's clinically fit enough to play I think Kyle's fit enough to get himself to a level between now and the start of that World Cup.

"He'd have a few games to prepare. I don't think that's going to be a problem."

Tottenham's World Cup interest was reduced by one player earlier in the week when winger Andros Townsend was forced to have an operation on his ankle, surgery that will rule him out for most of the summer.

But Sherwood expects Townsend to quickly get back into the England picture and enjoy a positive international career.

"He's had the operation and it's gone well apparently, and he's just got to look forward now," Sherwood added. "This World Cup has gone, but he's going to have plenty more.

"He just needs to make sure he gets back fit and playing well for his club side and get that opportunity to play for England again. I'm sure it will come round again."

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terling needs to be told though that upon entering the Arsenal squad he will re-enact the final scene from Highlander where he will be thrown around a warehouse by cartoon dragons and then be a mere mortal that will only ever spend three to four weeks a season playing football and the rest on the physio's bed. There can be only one.....player available at The Emirates.

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he game changed in our favour when Carrick came on. We were able to play further up the pitch due to having a player who can give and go with the ball and keep possession. Yet barkley made some runs and Townsend scored a good goal but carrick's inclusion and chiellini's withdrawal made the biggest difference to the flow of the game

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o, you've not silenced anyone Andros, i'm afraid. We know you can score a great goal, and it's really handy to have your direct running and willingness to shoot on the bench. But until you can do the other things expected of a winger (beat the man, put a decent cross in, stay wide etc) then you can't expect more than a regular cameo. Wonderful goal though, what a hit! No wonder Buffon wanted the shirt.

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