Big Sam’s fears over options in World Cup
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.
80 per cent of players in the
League are foreign. So that is a particular problem for
England at international level.”