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Oxlade-Chamberlain injury decision at last moment

Published on NewsOK Modified: June 6, 2014 at 4:33 pm •  Published: June 6, 2014
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MIAMI SHORES, Fla. (AP) — England coach Roy Hodgson will take the decision on Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain's World Cup participation right down to the FIFA deadline.

England has until 24 hours before opening its campaign in Brazil against Italy on June 14 to decide whether to replace Oxlade-Chamberlain in the 23-man squad.

The Arsenal midfielder sustained ligament damage in his right knee during England's 2-2 draw against Ecuador at the Sun Life Stadium in Miami Gardens on Wednesday.

After training ahead of Saturday's final warmup game against Honduras, Hodgson confirmed that the decision on Oxlade-Chamberlain would be taken "at the very, very last moment."

"I don't think it's a gamble at all," Hodgson said following training at Barry University. "At the moment we have 23 men, three goalkeepers and 20 outfield players. He was chosen for a reason. He fits in our balance.

"I don't think anyone we choose to replace him will give us anything additional to the squad. We're very anxious to keep him here."

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