Big Sam’s fears over op­tions in World Cup

Daily Star Sunday - - RESULT! - By PAUL HETHER­ING­TON

SAM AL­LARDYCE has re­vealed his fear that Eng­land’s 2018 World Cup chances would be WRECKED if they suf­fered an in­jury pile-up.

The Three Lions were with­out key play­ers on Fri­day against Ger­many – in­clud­ing Tot­ten­ham stars Harry Kane and Dele Alli (below) – but held the world cham­pi­ons to a 0-0 draw at Wem­b­ley.

But for­mer Eng­land boss Al­lardyce said: “What would be very dam­ag­ing would be if six or seven play­ers were in­jured at the end of the sea­son go­ing into the World Cup in Rus­sia.

“That would be dev­as­tat­ing to the drive to get Eng­land to be suc­cess­ful.”

Jor­dan Hen­der­son, Ra­heem Ster­ling, Danny Drinkwa­ter and goal­keeper Jack But­land were also ruled out of the squad for Fri­day’s game due to in­jury or fit­ness is­sues.

But an­other con­cern for Big Sam is the limited num­ber of English-born play­ers who play reg­u­larly in the Premier League.

Al­lardyce, be­ing in­ter­viewed in his ca­pac­ity as a Paddy Power am­bas­sador, added: “It’s a legacy of the Premier League that there are such a small num­ber of English play­ers who play week-in, week-out.

“So the choices for Gareth South­gate get smaller and smaller year on year.

“With the con­stant in­juries at the minute, you’d be left with what’s avail­able. If a player is good enough, drop­ping into the

Cham­pi­onship is an op­tion.

“But around

80 per cent of play­ers in the


League are for­eign. So that is a par­tic­u­lar prob­lem for

Eng­land at in­ter­na­tional level.”

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