Ro­driguez out of World Cup with cru­ci­ate in­jury

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Southamp­ton striker Jay Ro­driguez, who had been an out­side bet for Eng­land’s World Cup squad in June, has been ruled out for six months with a se­ri­ous knee prob­lem.

Ro­driguez, 24, joins Ar­se­nal and for­mer Southamp­ton winger Theo Wal­cott in miss­ing out on a berth in Eng­land’s squad be­cause of the same in­jury.

“Southamp­ton Foot­ball Club can con­firm that, fol­low­ing his in­jury on Satur­day against Manch­ester City, Jay Ro­driguez has been di­ag­nosed as hav­ing suf­fered a rup­ture to his an­te­rior cru­ci­ate lig­a­ment,” Southamp­ton said in a state­ment.

“This will keep him out of ac­tion for six months and re­gret­tably means he will not be fit for se­lec­tion by the English na­tional team at this sum­mer’s FIFA World Cup in Brazil.”

Ro­driguez had net­ted 15 league goals and been in fine form for eighth-placed Southamp­ton, who con­tinue to be one of the Pre­mier League’s sur­prise pack­ages and had hoped to have four play­ers in Roy Hodg­son’s squad.

Ro­driguez’s strike part­ner Rickie Lam­bert and left back Luke Shaw are hop­ing for the call while mid­fielder Adam Lal­lana has im­pressed so much in his short Eng­land ca­reer he is now likely to start in Brazil.

Wayne Rooney

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