Brazil 2014: Oxlade-Chamberlain will be fit for World Cup, says Hodgson




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Brazil 2014: Oxlade-Chamberlain will be fit for , says Hodgson BY KEN FERRIS

MIAMI – England winger Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain will be fit play at the after damaging his medial knee ligament against Ecuador in a warmup game, according manager Roy Hodgson.

“I think he will make the tournament without a shadow a doubt. That’s good news,” Hodgson said after his side were held a 0-0 draw by 10-man Honduras.

A disconsolate Oxlade-Chamberlain had hobbled off during the 2-2 draw with Ecuador Wednesday at the Sun stadium.

England were relieved to get through their latest test ahead the finals in Brazil without any more injuries but captain Steven Gerrard not happy with the Honduras tackling.

Striker Daniel Sturridge lucky to escape without injury when Emilio Izaguirre booted the ball against his midriff having just brought him down with a reckless challenge.

“I don’t understand the referee when the ball is being kicked into a player’s chest,” said Gerrard. “That should have been a straight red and with 10 men it could have been different.”

Fellow qualifiers Honduras were eventually reduced to 10 men in the 65th minute when right back Brayan Beckeles shown a second yellow for catching England’s Leighton Baines in the head with his arm as they jumped for the ball.

“We’re quite frustrated in the dressing room. We thought the referee was poor, they were doing some stupid fouls,” added Gerrard, who was frustrated that England had failed to score.

“Maybe we could have moved the ball a bit quicker, but there were some horrific challenges. I certainly got caught by .”

Gerrard said he was withdrawn at halftime as a precaution with Hodgson not wanting to risk his skipper’s fitness.

“I had a tight groin in midweek so it was always the plan for me to play just 45 minutes,” he said. (Reuters)