Henderson is in! Liverpool flop handed England call after Lampard is ruled out of Euro 2012
16:56 GMT, 31 May 2012
Liverpool flop Jordan Henderson has been called up for Euro 2012 after Frank Lampard was ruled out of the tournament.
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.
He said: 'It’s a huge blow for the team, especially coming after the loss of another senior player in Gareth Barry.
Stepping up: Jordan Henderson is now on his way to Euro 2012
'The fact that the doctor cannot
guarantee Frank could take part in any of the group matches means we
have to replace him in the central midfield area.
'Apart from it being a huge blow to
me and the team, I’m especially disappointed for Frank himself. He has
been in very good form and was looking forward to the tournament.
'He made a huge contribution towards
us qualifying for the Euros so it is cruel to be forced out through
injury just before the tournament.'
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Only if UEFA are satisfied that it is a new injury will Hodgson be able
to call in a replacement but the FA see that as a formality.
Lampard was not injured when he reported for duty on Tuesday after a
The loss of the 33-year-old leaves Hodgson seriously short of
central midfielders, having already lost Jack Wilshere and, more
recently, Barry to injury.
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
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