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Hodgson bemoans Simoncini challenge

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Manager Roy Hodgson condemned San Marino goalkeeper Aldo Junior Simoncini after his challenge in England's 5-0 World Cup qualifying victory at Wembley put Arsenal's Theo Walcott in hospital.

Walcott was undergoing a scan on Friday night for a chest injury following the collision with Simoncini and looks likely to miss Tuesday's encounter against Poland in Warsaw.

Hodgson said: "If I described it as reckless I would be being kind. It was a very fierce challenge although I don't think for one minute there was any malice in it when he went for the ball. Irrespective of that it was a very bad challenge."

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