No Ox for England, Vermaelen crocked

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Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain injury

Roy Hodgson has confirmed that Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain will play no part in England’s final World Cup game against Costa Rica.

The knee ligament injury he sustained before the tournament has not recovered sufficiently for the midfielder to be used in a game which has no importance beyond salvaging some pride. However, there may be a start for Jack Wilshere as the England manager is set to rotate his squad after the disappointing showing against Uruguay.

Meanwhile, Thomas Vermaelen started today as Belgium scored a late win over Russia, but was forced off after around half an hour with a hamstring strain.

The Arsenal captain has been notoriously injury prone, but quite how it will affect the rest of his tournament remains to be seen.

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