England 1 Belgium 0: Hodgson sweats over Cahill and Terry fitness
England boss Roy Hodgson reveals Gary Cahill and John Terry will undergo scans on injuries picked up during win over Belgium
Roy Hodgson admitted his concern over injuries to Gary Cahill and John Terry after the pair were forced off during England’s Euro 2012 warm-up victory over Belgium at Wembley on Saturday.
Cahill was brought off with a jaw injury in the first half after colliding with Joe Hart, while Terry was undergoing a scan on a hamstring problem that saw him substituted in the 71st minute.
“Cahill is slightly more of a concern [than Terry],” Hodgson told ITV. “It’s a jaw injury. We’re desperately hoping that the CT scan doesn’t show any fracture and it’s just a bruise, which would be bad enough but won’t stop him taking part in the tournament.
“[Terry] felt his hamstring a little bit. It wasn’t a major thing but we still need to scan it to be 100 per cent sure.”
Danny Welbeck netted the eventual winner in the in the 37th minute when he dinked his finish over Simon Mignolet after being slid though by Ashley Young to make it two wins from Hodgson’s first two games in charge.
“Of course I’m very pleased,” Hodgson continued. “It’s been a hard week, I used a lot of players. There was obviously a lot disruption in the second half with substitutions. Some were forced upon us and some we wanted to do. But it’s still a very good end to the week.
“We played against a good Belgium team here who arguably are even stronger than the Norwegian team that we played last week and I’m more than happy that we’ve come out with another victory.”
England get their Euro 2012 campaign under way against France on 11 June and goalkeeper Joe Hart admits Laurent Blanc’s side will be an altogether different test for Hodgson’s men.
“I think we need improve in all areas but that’s just the kind of team we are,” said Hart. “We’re a good side and we need to have really high standards.
“We need to trust each other a bit more on the ball. We’ve discussed that and hopefully it’s just coming up nicely for the France game.
“I’m pretty sure we’re going to perform a little bit differently when it comes to France. We’re going to be united as a side and we’re going to go out there and give it a damn good go.”
Reflecting on the victory in their final warm-up match, Hart added: “It was really tough game, a good run out. I thought we played well. It was a little ‘bitty’ at times but we came through and it’s good to get the result against a really strong Belgium side who are going to be very good in the future.
“It seems that way [that Hodgson has made England harder to beat]. We’ve been very resilient.
“I thought Danny [Welbeck] took his goal superbly today. We almost had just one chance in the first 70 minutes and that was Danny’s. It was a great finish and it always helps when you’ve got top quality strikers that will take those chances.”