Jordan Henderson is a doubt for England’s opening Euro 2016 qualifier against Switzerland after injuring an ankle during training.

8 Sep 2014

Jordan Henderson is a doubt for England’s opening Euro 2016 qualifier against Switzerland after injuring an ankle during training.
The Liverpool midfielder limped out of Sunday’s session and could be replaced by Manchester City’s James Milner.
England are already without striker Daniel Sturridge, who has a thigh problem, for the game in Basel.
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It is England’s first competitive game since a disappointing World Cup in which they failed to win a game.
Manager Roy Hodgson’s side lost to Italy and Uruguay before drawing with Costa Rica as they were knocked out of the tournament at the group stage.
The exit has resulted in an air of negativity around the England side with the friendly win over Norway last Wednesday attracting 40,181 fans - the lowest crowd at Wembley since the stadium reopened in 2007.
England will be hoping to restore some confidence during their Euro 2016 qualifying campaign in a group which also features Slovenia, Estonia, Lithuania and San Marino.
France, as host nation, have already qualified, and they will be joined by the top two in each of the nine groups, along with the best third-placed side.
The eight other third-placed sides will then be paired off in two-legged play-offs, with the four winners making up the total of 24 nations at the finals.
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Switzerland reached the last 16 of this summer’s World Cup finals in Brazil.
The Swiss last played at the European Championships in 2008 - when they qualified as co-hosts.
They were denied a place in the quarter-finals by Manchester United’s 60m midfielder Angel Di Maria’s extra-time winner for Argentina.
England boss Roy Hodgson managed Switzerland to the 1994 World Cup.
Switzerland, who were managed by Hodgson between 1992 and 1995, are set to be England’s toughest opponents as they are the highest ranked side in the group.
They are ninth in Fifa’s world rankings compared to England’s 20th.
Henderson played the full 90 minutes against Norway and had been earmarked to play alongside Arsenal’s Jack Wilshere in midfield in Basel.
But Milner or Fabian Delph, who impressed as a substitute at Wembley, could start in a side Hodgson does not see as being as young and inexperienced as some perceive.
“We are not in an embryonic stage,” said Hodgson, who will also be without goalkeeper Ben Foster and uncapped midfielder Jack Colback for the game against Switzerland,.
“We are carrying on, despite the massive blow of the World Cup. It’s not a totally new team.
“Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Ross Barkley and Raheem Sterling were working with us before and so they’re not new, but it’s an early stage.
“We have to make sure after these next two years that we are very, very strong.”




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