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England World Cup media talk 05/06/14

5 June 2014

By Rhys Griffiths

Here are a selection of Thursday 5th June's big stories from the media covering the England team as they prepare for the World Cup in Brazil later this month:

Oxlade-Chamberlain to have knee scan after knock (BBC Sport)

England's 20-year-old midfielder Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is to undergo a scan on his knee today after a tackle ended his game against Ecuador in MIami yesterday, the BBC reports.

For an hour the Arsenal man had produced a promising display as boss Roy Hodgson ran his eye over a number of players looking to secure a place in the side to face Italy in Manaus a week Saturday. But there are fears the challenge from Carlos Gruezo may have caused ligament damage, threatening the Ox's World Cup dream. Hodgson said: "It would be an enormous blow if we were to lose him."

Former boss dismisses English hopes (The Guardian)

Sven-Goran Eriksson has rubbished England's chances of lifting the World Cup in Brazil this summer and said a quarter final place would be a 'success' for the Three Lions, the Guardian reports.

The former England manager - who himself failed to guide the national side past the last-eight of a major tournament - told the paper: "They are not going to win the World Cup, absolutely not. If they get to the quarter-final or more it's a success. Anything more than the quarter-final would be a tremendous success. There are many teams that are better than England."

England practising penalties 'a lot' (BBC Sport)

England captain Steven Gerrard insists the squad is not 'obsessed' with penalties despite the fact they are getting in plenty of practise from 12 yards, the BBC reports.

It is hardly surprising that practise is in order for a country with a record of failure in the shootout, but the skipper reminded the world that the need for penalties is not a foregone conclusion this summer. "I understand the fixation because we've failed in a few," he said. "But don't get carried away with it because it might never come about."

Passport numbers included with squad lists (The Telegraph)

The passport numbers of the England players who lined up to face Ecuador last night were mistakenly handed out on the team sheet, the Telegraph reports.

It is standard practice to distribute the team details to the media ahead of a game, but the info handed to the press this time included the passport numbers of every player in the England and Ecuador squads. An FA spokesman said: "It is a matter for the match organisers, the publication and distribution of the team sheets are their responsibility."

These stories have been selected from a variety of today's media sources and they do not represent the views of The Football League.

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