England suffered a huge injury blow last night as their World Cup campaign got underway against Italy in Manaus last night after physio Gary Lewin dislocated his ankle while celebrating Daniel Sturridge's goal in the 2-1 defeat which will cause him to miss the rest of the tournament.
The Three Lions fell behind in the first half to a Claudio Marchisio strike, but instantly hauled themselves level when Sturridge got on the end of Wayne Rooney's low cross for his first ever World Cup goal.
The goal prompted delirium on the England bench but the moment quickly turned sour as Lewin leapt to celebrate but landed on a water bottle, leaving him on the floor in agony. The 50-year-old, who has been England's physio since 2008, was stretched off before the Three Lions Twitter account confirmed the diagnosis.
"England physio Gary Lewin was injured during celebrations for england’s goal,” the post read. “He has dislocated his ankle. Get well soon Gary #3Lions.” They later added that Lewin had also suffered a fracture.
England boss Roy Hodgson said after the game, which was decided by a Mario Balotelli header: "That was a very sad moment for us. In celebrating the goal he jumped up, landed on a water bottle and dislocated his ankle.
"It was very painful. He was taken to hospital. The doctor set it, put it back in at the side of the field, but it's the end of the World Cup for Gary."
England now face an uphill task to qualify from Group D for the knock-out stages for the World Cup in Brazil, although they will be buoyed by Uruguay's shock 3-1 defeat against Costa Rica.
Steve Kemp will take over England physio duties for the remainder of the World Cup.
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