Roy Hodgson announced his 23-man squad for the World Cup today, picking a squad largely composed of Liverpool, United and Southampton players and featuring no representation for Tottenham Hotspur at all. Though we hadn't expected Aaron Lennon to make it in on form, and Andros Townsend had been ruled out already through injury, right-back Kyle Walker was for all we knew still under consideration right up until the emergence of this news, which sadly confirms that he has not managed to shake a niggly pelvic injury which has kept him out since March.
In the absence of Walker, who has 10 caps to his name and would have been giving Glen Johnson strong competition for the role, England will instead take use Chris Smalling (a man confirmed to possess two legs attached to a torso) to the World Cup as a deputy right back. Bad news for Kyle, and bad news for England.
The news does at least mean, however, that unlike players like Scott Parker who played through a summer tournament injured for England only to return to Spurs out of action, Walker should be fit and ready for the new season, where he will be welcomed straight back to the right side of defence and should feature in the long-term plans of whichever manager is replacing Tim Sherwood over the next few weeks.
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