Wednesday, 4th June, 2014

England are concerned about the fitness of Arsenal midfielder Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, who was replaced by Liverpool's Jon Flanagan in a 2-2 friendly draw against Ecuador this evening.

England fell behind in front of 21,000 fans at the Sun Life Stadium, but equalised through Wayne Rooney in the 29th minute.

Rickie Lambert then put England ahead in the 51st minute before Michael Arroyo levelled matters in the 70th minute to ensure the contest would end in a draw.

But the result was the least of England's worries as attention drifted towards Oxlade-Chamberlain, who came off just past the hour mark.


England manager Roy Hodgson was quoted as saying by BBC Radio 5 live about Oxlade-Chamberlain: "We have our fears there might be some ligament damage."

The Arsenal star will now need to undergo a scan on his knee before an assessment can be made as to whether he will be fit enough to participate in the World Cup.

Hodgson will be hoping to avoid an injury blow so close to the tournament kick-off.

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