Football

Hodgson: No injury worries for Gerrard

Roy Hodgson allayed fitness concerns over captain Steven Gerrard ahead of the start of the World Cup.

England begin their campaign against Italy in Manaus on Sunday morning (Singapore time) and part of the build-up has been centred on fitness issues.

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain injured his knee against Ecuador last week, while there were reports that Gerrard has been complaining of a tight groin.

The former has been stepping up his work on the training field over recent days and, according to Hodgson, there are no worries about the latter.

"Steven did some extra work at the end of that training session," said Hodgson.

"There's nothing wrong with him and I don't understand that story at all." 
- PA Sport.