England's Euro 2012 hopes are in danger of being wrecked before they have even left for their Krakow base after Frank Lampard was ruled out with a thigh injury.
There was a pessimistic feeling around the Three Lions camp on Wednesday night over the chances of a scan into the injury Lampard suffered during only his second day of training offering good news. And so it has proved.
Manager Roy Hodgson has been informed the tear Lampard sustained would not heal in time for the Chelsea midfielder to feature in any of England's three group games, the last of which is against co-hosts Ukraine in Donetsk on June 19. It left him with little option other than to tell Lampard he was out.
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