Thursday, May 31, 2012

''TOO BAD'' INJURY RULES FRANK LAMPARD OUT OF EURO 2012... LIVERPOOL FLOP, JORDAN HENDERSON SET TO TAKE HIS PLACE IN ENGLAND SQUAD

England's Frank Lampard has been ruled out of Euro 2012 with a thigh injury suffered in training on Wednesday.

The Football Association confirmed the news after the midfielder, 33, was examined by medical staff after a scan. 

The midfielder suffered a serious injury when he collapsed clutching his thigh after running to retrieve a ball during training on Wednesday.

England manager Roy Hodgson has already lost Gareth Barry and he has a further concern that Scott Parker is only just back from an achilles problem. 

Liverpool midfielder Jordan Henderson will be called into the squad, subject to agreement from Uefa's medical team. 

Henderson is not a popular choice with fans after his poor first season since joining Liverpool in a £20million deal from Sunderland last summer.


While the FA insisted he was never considered because of the call they received from his agent in January, stating he no longer wanted to be chosen for England squads, it transpired he is trying to cure a nagging achilles problem.


For Lampard, it potentially spells the end of his entire England career, with Hodgson expected to offer the younger midfielders a chance to prove themselves during next autumn's World Cup qualifying programme.




What makes this latest twist even more galling is that Lampard was only in his second day of training, having joined the Three Lions party late after winning the Champions League with his club, in Munich, on May 19.





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