World Cup Russia 2018


Steven Gerrard is not injured, says Roy Hodgson

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Steven Gerrard is completely fine and does not have an injury that could threaten his place in England's starting XI for their opening match at the 2014 World Cup against Italy.

Reports had suggested the Liverpool and Three Lions skipper was facing a fight to make the clash in Manaus after picking up a groin injury, but manager Roy Hodgson insisted it was not the case. He claimed that Gerrard actually did extra work after training today and admitted to being in the dark as to where reports of the injury has come from.

"I don't really understand the Steven Gerrard one," said Hodgson when asked about the fitness of Gerrard. "I don't really know what was wrong with him," he told reporters at the press conference.

"Yesterday we did a training session where the players who played [against Honduras on Saturday] did a warm down session and I worked with the nine who didn't take part.

"My understanding is the other group did some extra work at the end of the session and there is absolutely nothing wrong with Steven, so I didn't really understand that story at all."

It will be a relief to many England fans that the Liverpool legend is not ruled out of the match, as his experience in the middle of the pitch will be crucial for the team. Gerrard is set to be surrounded by a batch of younger stars like Jordan Henderson, Raheem Sterling, Ross Barkley and Adam Lallana - all players with limited international experience.

Liverpool's impressive title push in the Premier League last season saw the 34-year-old have his best season in a while sitting at the base of the Reds midfield and there will be hopes he can carry over that form into the World Cup. England are likely to need a fit and in-form Gerrard if they are to successfully navigate what is a tough group.

After playing their first game against Italy in Manaus, Hodgson's men will head to Sao Paulo for a tough clash with Uruguay, where Gerrard will face Liverpool teammate Luis Suarez, and end with what should be the most winnable match, against Costa Rica in Belo Horizonte. England are more than capable of getting out of their group, but the quality of opposition makes this by no means a certainty.

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