Injury worries for Hodgson ahead of England squad selection
England manager Roy Hodgson has announced when he’ll be choosing the interim squad for this summer’s World Cup Finals – but won’t have the option of picking several fancied names due to injury.
May 1st, 2014
Right-back Kyle Walker is the latest addition to that list; he sustained an injury to the pelvis during the 3-1 loss to Benfica in the Europa League in March and, while not appearing for his club since, was thought to be recovered in time for the World Cup.
However, Hodgson is keen not to take any risks on Walker’s health and on the limited England places, and at this stage has said he could look elsewhere when the squad is announced a week on Monday.
“We haven’t been told for certain that he will be out for the next six to 10 weeks but we are concerned…He has not been fit for a long time.”
Pundits have an eye on Liverpool full-back Jon Flanagan to replace Walker; he would be in the squad with his rival for the same spot on the Anfield pitch, Glen Johnson.
Spurs winger Andros Townsend is also out of the World Cup – he’ll be out of consideration for about ten weeks with an ankle injury sustained against Stoke, while Arsenal’s Theo Walcott is still out from the New Year with a ruptured cruciate ligament and will be pushing it to be in contention for starting the new season.
With suspected Southampton call-up Jay Rodriguez out for six months with the same injury, Hodgson is also sweating on Phil Jagielka and Arsenal duo Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Jack Wilshere who are all back in training with their clubs.
Roy Hodgson also spoke yesterday about the selection process, stating that he wouldn’t be making any rash decisions based on the current form of sides only weeks away from the end of the season.
“[It’s] a notoriously bad time to judge talent..I don’t judge players on their last-minute form. Nothing that happens in the last four games, in terms of form, is going to affect me.”