Thursday 31 May 2012
Chelsea midfielder Frank Lampard has been ruled out of England's UEFA Euro 2012 campaign with a thigh injury.
The 33-year-old, who joined up with the England squad this week fresh from winning the UEFA Champions League, received the news after undergoing a scan on the problem he picked up in training on Wednesday.
England manager Roy Hodgson has called up Liverpool's Jordan Henderson as Lampard's replacement, subject to agreement from UEFA's medical team.
"It's a huge blow for the team, especially coming after the loss of another senior player in Gareth Barry," Hodgson told the Football Association website.
"It is cruel to be forced out through injury just before the tournament"
- Roy Hodgson
"The fact that the doctor cannot guarantee Frank could take part in any of the group matches means we have to replace him in the central midfield area.
"Apart from it being a huge blow to me and the team, I'm especially disappointed for Frank himself. He has been in very good form and was looking forward to the tournament.
"He made a huge contribution towards us qualifying for the Euros so it is cruel to be forced out through injury just before the tournament."
The injury means a second England midfielder has been ruled out of the tournament this week, following the news that Manchester City's Gareth Barry will also not make the trip to Poland and Ukraine.
Lampard has been a mainstay of the international team in recent times, winning 90 caps since his debut against Belgium in 1999.
He has played in three major international tournaments, Euro 2004 as well as the World Cup in 2006 and 2010.
England start the tournament on June 11th against France in Donetsk.