Fiji Time: 6:06 PM on Monday 24 November

Fiji Times Logo

/ Front page / Sport

Townsend out of England World Cup squad

Ap
Friday, May 02, 2014

LONDON - England winger Andros Townsend was ruled out of the World Cup through injury yesterday as coach Roy Hodgson sweats on the fitness of other players he planned to take to Brazil.

Although Hodgson remains hopeful Arsenal duo Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Jack Wilshere, and defender Phil Jagielka will recover in time, right back Kyle Walker is a major concern.

Hodgson will announce his 23-man World Cup squad on May 12, and England's World Cup opener is on June 14 against Italy in Manaus.

The 22-year-old Townsend, who broke into the England team last year, will definitely not be making the trip. The Tottenham player requires surgery to repair damage to ligaments in his left ankle and will be out for 10 weeks.

"He had a fantastic debut bursting onto the scene, and he did really well," Hodgson said.

"I have been a bit disappointed for him that he has not had as much playing time over recent months ... but to see him ruled out like this with a serious ankle injury is a cruel blow."

Arsenal winger Theo Walcott and Southampton forward Jay Rodriguez had already been ruled out of the tournament.

Walker, the Tottenham defender, had been in line to be first-choice right back in Brazil but he has not played since March due to a pelvic injury.

"We haven't been told for certain that he will be out for the next six to 10 weeks but we are concerned that it has been a long time he has been out," Hodgson said.





Fiji Times Front Page Thumbnail

Kaila Front Page ThumbnailFiji Times & Kaila Frontpage PDF Downloads

Use the free Acrobat Reader to view.

Today's Most Read Stories

  1. Deal on NZ jobs
  2. President Xi leaves impression on leaders
  3. Job opportunities
  4. Stand by big brothers
  5. Out of wedlock births up
  6. Dragons win 7s title
  7. Jail terms for former Post Fiji executives
  8. Healing sanctuary
  9. Growth forecast
  10. Hygienic home

Top Stories this Week

  1. Stabbed to death Tuesday (18 Nov)
  2. Kill victim cried for help Tuesday (18 Nov)
  3. Prime Minister Modi arrives in Fiji Wednesday (19 Nov)
  4. Bula Mr Modi Wednesday (19 Nov)
  5. Modi-fied Thursday (20 Nov)
  6. Modi announces visa on arrival for Fiji people Wednesday (19 Nov)
  7. WHAT FIJI WILL GET Thursday (20 Nov)
  8. PM says sorry Thursday (20 Nov)
  9. Big cheer for a PM of good tidings Thursday (20 Nov)
  10. MPs boycott Wednesday (19 Nov)