Daniel Sturridge and Danny Welbeck missing for England against Ukraine
Roy Hodgson is short of attacking options ahead of Tuesday’s crunch World Cup qualifier in Kiev, with Daniel Sturridge having been ruled out of the encounter with a thigh injury.
September 8th, 2013
The England manager was left incensed by Danny Welbeck’s yellow card on Friday night after the referee ruled that the Manchester United forward had kicked the ball away, something that seemed highly questionable at the time.
With Sturridge also missing, it means that Jermain Defoe and Ricky Lambert are the only fit England forwards, although Defoe has had limited opportunities at White Hart Lane since the arrival of Roberto Soldado.
“We have enough players to cope,” Hodgson said, with the manager considering Theo Walcott in an advanced position. “We have enough balance in the squad to put out a good team on Tuesday, there is no need for us to panic.
“If I did call anyone up it would only be as cover, and there is no point doing that. There is no one I could think of who is going to jump ahead of Rickie Lambert or Jermain Defoe, both players who I know well and are tried and trusted.”
Hodgson will resist the chance to call up any of the England Under-21 players, despite Wilfried Zaha having recently appeared for the senior team.
“I did see a very good Under-21s performance, and I liked some of the players on show. Were it not for the fact we have got Theo Walcott, Raheem Sterling and Andros Townsend with us I might have considered asking them to come, but what is the point when I have got the other three? I am not going to jump them above players I selected initially.”