Hodgson fears over virus that hit Sturridge and Walcott ahead of England match

Roy Hodgson is worried that the virus that left Theo Walcott in no condition to play for England against Ukraine and Daniel Sturridge a doubt for the match will continue to wreak havoc amongst his squad in the build-up to Tuesday’s World Cup qualifier, the Daily Mirror has reported.

Walcott was sent home after being “violently ill”, the Mirror noted, while Sturridge is still with the squad but unable to train after suffering stomach cramps on Sunday and Monday. Hodgson revealed that the team’s doctor advised against including Sturridge in training but did not definitely rule out the Chelsea forward.

Hodgson added: “ The doctor is quite confident he will be okay, but I can only hope nothing is going round the squad – that was why we were quite keen to get Theo home as soon as possible and also keep Daniel away from the squad.

The manager has added three new faces to his squad since the commanding 5-0 win over Moldova on Friday, in part to guard against being caught short of players should the illness spread to more members of the squad.

Into the mix come three midfielders, Southampton’s Adam Lallana, Jake Livermore of Tottenham Hotspur, and Liverpool winger Raheem Sterling, who, despite being only 17-years-old, is now training with the full England side.

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