Cahill out of Euros; Ferdinand ire at England snub
England’s injury troubles deepened Sunday when defender Gary
Cahill was ruled out of the European Championship after fracturing
his jaw in the final warmup match against Belgium.
And veteran defender Rio Ferdinand appeared annoyed that he was
snubbed by coach Roy Hodgson as the inexperienced Martin Kelly took
Cahill’s place in the 23-man squad.
Cahill, the starting center back, is the third England player in
the last week to be ruled out of the tournament, following injuries
to midfielders Frank Lampard and Gareth Barry ahead of the June 11
opener against France.
But another central defender, John Terry, was given the all
clear by England’s medical staff following fears of a hamstring
injury after coming off during Saturday’s 1-0 victory, although he
will be re-assessed on Tuesday before the squad travels to its Euro
2012 base in Krakow, Poland.
Cahill was forced out with the injury in the first half at
Wembley Stadium on Saturday after being shoved into England
goalkeeper Joe Hart by Dries Mertens.
”The Chelsea defender has two fractures of his jaw, one either
side,” the Football Association said. ”The England medical team
have been in close contact overnight with Cahill’s club doctors who
will treat him moving forward.”
Kelly now returns to the squad to take Cahill’s place after
initially being a standby member, having only made his England
debut a week ago when he came on in the 87th minute of the 1-0
victory over Norway. He made 12 Premier League appearances for
Liverpool last season.
Hodgson overlooked Ferdinand, who is more experienced with 81
caps, although injuries and loss of form mean he hasn’t played for
England since last June.
”Lampard, Terry, Barry, (captain Steven) Gerrard; all ageing
but they go to the tournament,” said Jamie Moralee, Ferdinand’s
representative. ”Why is Rio different? To treat a player that has
captained and served his country 81 times (in this manner) is
nothing short of disgraceful. Total lack of respect from Hodgson
and the FA as far as I am concerned.”
Ferdinand indicated his annoyance himself on Twitter when he
wrote: ”What reasons?????!!!”
That appeared to be a reference to Hodgson insisting last month
that Ferdinand was not going to Euro 2012 for ”football reasons,”
and not due to fears over a potential conflict with Terry.
Terry is due to stand trial next month on a charge that he
racially abused Ferdinand’s brother, Queens Park Rangers defender
Anton Ferdinand, during a Premier League match in October. Terry,
who denies any wrongdoing, lost the England captaincy over the case
which led to Fabio Capello quitting as coach in February and
Hodgson taking charge last month.
Kelly’s inclusion means that more than a quarter of the 23-man
England squad play for Liverpool, with the six players only
managing to steer the club to eighth in the Premier League.