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Roy Hodgson was getting set to announce the England squad for the Euro 2016 Championships in France, but injuries to Danny Welbeck among others have forced him to rethink his plans and delay the announcement, according to the Daily Mail.
Welbeck suffered a nasty looking injury against Manchester City, colliding with Bacary Sagna and awkwardly twisting his knee. He attempted to carry on, but was soon forced off and hobbled down the tunnel. It’s yet to be confirmed exactly how long he’ll be out for, but he’s almost certainly going to miss the Euros this summer. Hodgson now needs to rethink his plans, and consider who he’ll get in to replace the former Manchester United man.
There are a number of other injury concerns for the England boss to worry about too, with the likes of Jordan Henderson clearly not fully fit. Welbeck is going to be the main concern though, as he brings something to the side very few other players do – excellent work-rate both offensively and defensively.
Theo Walcott is one option to consider in Welbeck’s place, but they are unquestionably two very different players. Hodgson’s plans have clearly been changed drastically following the news that Welbeck is likely to miss the whole tournament, and he’s now considering outside the box possibilities like Jesse Lingard and Andros Townsend (via the Daily Mail).
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The current England squad has looked really strong during their qualifying campaign and the friendlies that followed, and this summer looked like a great chance to finally make an impact at a major tournament. Injuries are really weakening them though, and Hodgson will be hoping there are no more setbacks in the buildup to the tournament.