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From the Lion's Den: June 11th

The latest team news and updates straight from the Lion's Den in Brazil!

Richard Heathcote
Welbeck a worry; Stevie-G a-okay; Ox fit for Uruguay

Several injury news and updates from the England camp:

With the clash against Italy just three days away, news has emerged that Danny Welbeck is facing an injury concern with his thigh. Raheem Sterling would probably start in case of Welbeck's absence.

Meanwhile news of skipper Steven Gerrard groin problem has been dismissed by Roy Hodgson. Here's what the manager had to say:

"Steven did some extra work at the end of that training session. There's nothing wrong with him and I don't understand that story at all."

Noted boss.

Last but not least, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain will likely miss the opener against Italy, but the medical staff is hopeful that he will be ready for the second match against Uruguay.

Hodgson tempering expectations

With expectation and attention surrounding England's young squad, Hodgson does not want to get carried away with it all:


Manaus pitch underwhelming

Several pictures has emerged regarding the condition of the pitch in Manaus, which visibly looks dry and bare in several areas. Furthermore, emergency works are still in progress within parts of the stadium.

Malaria tablet to be England's undoing?

England players took Malaria medication before their trip to Amazon in order to combat the disease. However, there is a possibility of side effects such as diarrhea, nausea, vomiting, stomach pain, and headaches.

Let's hope those diarrhea and vomiting doesn't happen until the final whistle.

Pele backs England.. and Wayne Rooney

Brazilian legend and three times World Cup winners, Pele, has backed England to make it past the group stage. He also voiced his support for Rooney:

"Wayne Rooney has not scored [in a World Cup final stage] but he was fantastic for the team. He was always the player who fought more for the team – I would like him in my team, you know!"

Be thankful for Pele's support, but perhaps be thankful that Pele is not managing England as well?

It's not always sunny in Rio