England captain Gerrard angry at injuries hampering Euro 2012 build-up

Liverpool and England captain Steven Gerrard has revealed he is angry at the amount of injuries Roy Hodgson’s side have had to endure before Euro 2012 has even gotten underway, the Daily Mail has reported.

Since naming his party to travel to Poland and Ukraine Hodgson has lost goalkeeper John Ruddy, defender Gary Cahill and midfielders Gareth Barry and Frank Lampard, with Jack Butland, Martin Kelly, Phil Jagielka and Jordan Henderson called up in their respective places. The quartet of injuries has seen the experience of more than 150 caps, mostly spread between Barry and Lampard, exit the squad.

While Gerrard accepts that injuries can happen, particularly unexpected blows such as Cahill’s double fractured jaw suffered against Belgium, he believes England’s chances of doing well in the competition have been hampered by the fitness worries. He added: “That’s the price you pay for these warm-up games. To do well in these tournaments you have to have your big players and to lose Gary is another huge blow on the back of Frank Lampard and Gareth Barry.” Gerrard however added he did not blame Dries Mertens, the Belgium player who shoved Cahill into a collision with goalkeeper Joe Hart, insisting that the midfielder meant no harm and was acting only in the heat of the moment and meant no malice.

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