‘It is very disturbing and very upsetting for us’ – Roy Hodgson admits England rocked by Jack Butland injury blow
England boss Roy Hodgson says he is devastated by Jack Butland’s injury blow.
The Stoke goalkeeper appears all but certain to miss this summer’s European Championship after fracturing an ankle during Saturday’s friendly victory over Germany.
“I think it is very disturbing and very upsetting for us to see someone who has worked so hard this year (get injured),” said Hodgson.
“He has had such a good season at Stoke, forced himself into a situation where many people said it was going to be a really good fight between him and Joe for the first-team shirt.
“Suddenly you get your chance against Germany and to fracture your ankle in that way is a devastating blow and we all felt sympathy for him, empathy as well of course because a lot of players have suffered injuries in their career.
“He was very strong about about it all, very stoic. He said to me he would come back stronger and said it would not affect his career in any way.
“That was good to hear and our best wishes are with him and we are all going to miss him because we were hoping he would be a part of it.”
With number one Joe Hart out injured, Fraser Forster will start for England against Holland on Tuesday.
The Southampton shot-stopper will be one of a number of changes to the team which impressed against Germany.
James Milner will lead the Three Lions out at Wembley, while his Liverpool teammate Daniel Sturridge will also start as he looks to prove his injury problems are in the past.
Asked if Sturridge was looking sharp in training, Hodgson said: “He is.
“He and Danny Welbeck have returned from such long-term injuries, the next six weeks or so are important times for them as well.
“They have to build up their fitness in terms of endurance, both have come back sharp so that is very positive.
“It is great that we are going to give Daniel a chance to show what he can do in an England shirt, he has always been keen to get back and show he deserves to be in the shirt and what better chance than against such opposition at Wembley?”