Liverpool forward Daniel Sturridge will miss England's trip to Brazil this weekend, after suffering an ankle injury during Wednesday's 1-1 draw against the Republic of Ireland.
He was taken off on a stretcher following lengthy treatment, after sustaining a knock in a challenge with Ireland’s Glenn Whelan. It was soon after he showed great composure to provide the assist for Frank Lampard’s 23rd-minute equaliser.
“He’s not going to Brazil," England boss Roy Hodgson confirmed after the final whistle. "He had a good start and we were sad to lose him.
"He hadn't played for a while and was carrying a slight injury. I fear it will keep him out for a few weeks."
Sturridge's injury on his first international start added to Hodgson’s woes about his attacking options as Andy Carroll had earlier pulled out from the squad due to a heel injury.
Danny Welbeck, who was an unused substitute in the Republic of Ireland friendly after missing out training in the build-up to the game due to a knee injury but will be travelling to Brazil, along with Wayne Rooney and Jermain Defoe, who replaced Sturridge, are the only forward options available for Hodgson.
Hodgson added: "We've got to hope that Welbeck will recover and Defoe will get fitter in the coming days.
"It will be difficult to get someone in now so we will bite the bullet and accept that we are short up front and look at other options."
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