England manager Roy Hodgson took charge of his first training session with the national side on Wednesday as he began coaching his Lions ahead of the Euro 2012 tournament.
It was a proud day for the former Fulham and West Brom boss, but it was not all smiles as by the end of Thursday’s session there were injury concerns for Glen Johnson and Danny Welbeck.
And John Ruddy has since been ruled out of the tournament with a broken finger, leading to a call-up for Jack Butland.
Johnson and Welbeck both sat out the first training session on Wednesday at the Etihad Stadium as a precaution, though both did take part the following day.
Even so, England look good value at evens with bwin to triumph against Norway on Saturday.
However, Liverpool right back Johnson was forced to pull out with an infected toe, while Welbeck left the session early having initially been training on his own.
The Manchester United striker has been attempting to shake off an ankle injury he picked up in the derby with Manchester City last month, but could not complete the session on Thursday in the same stadium.
There was, however, better news for Hodgson as Scott Parker managed to play a full part in both sessions, despite lingering doubts as to whether the Tottenham midfielder can recover from an Achilles injury in time to be a part of Euro 2012.
Hodgson has to determine over the next few days if Parker is fit enough to take to Poland and Ukraine, or whether he needs to call on stand-by Jordan Henderson.
The injury to Johnson will be of particular concern to Hodgson as he is already short on right backs heading into this Saturday’s friendly against Norway in Oslo.
With Kyle Walker injured and Micah Richards not selected, Hodgson has been given an unwanted headache, especially as Phil Jones, who has played at right back for United this season, may have to fill in at centre back due to regulars John Terry and Gary Cahill having been given a post-Champions League break.
It could all mean that another Liverpool full back, Martin Kelly, makes his full England debut after being drafted in as cover earlier this week.
Even so, England look good value at evens with bwin to triumph in the 64-year-old boss’ first game in charge of the Three Lions.
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