Roy Hodgson has admitted that he is starting to become concerned that neither Danny Welbeck or Daniel Sturridge will be fit enough to be included in England’s squad for Euro 2016, according to the Daily Mirror.
The Mirror report that Welbeck has recently undergone knee surgery, and while Arsenal have suggested that he will be unavailable until Christmas, Hodgson believes it could be six months before the former Manchester United man is back.
Meanwhile, Liverpool striker Sturridge has not featured for his country for over a year, and only made a handful of appearances for Brendan Rodgers’ side last season before sustaining another injury that has kept him out of the current campaign (via Mirror).
And Hodgson explained how frustrating it is to not be able to select the pair, and hinted that they may have a tough job on their hands if they wish to secure a place in the squad for next summer’s tournament in France.
“Welbeck bothers me now. He has already been out for me since March and for Arsenal since April, so that’s over four months. And now I hear it’s another six months, so I can only hope that Danny recovers a bit quicker and then hits the ground running,” he said.
“Daniel is a little bit the same – it’s getting on for a year now,” he added.
While the Three Lions have maintained their perfect record during the qualifying campaign – with their victory over San Marino booking their place in the competition – having neither of the pair would be a major blow to England’s chances of going a long way in the tournament.
Despite not playing in the country’s last two qualifiers, Welbeck remains one of the top goalscorers in the preliminary stages – his six goals leave him level with Wayne Rooney as England’s leading scorer, and two behind Poland’s Robert Lewandowski who tops the list.
And although Sturridge has yet to feature in this campaign, he has proved during his career that when he can stay fit, he is one of the most lethal forwards Hodgson can call upon.
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