Hodgson to keep faith with Ox

  • Last Updated: June 11 2014, 7:36 BST

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is almost certain to be retained by England for the rest of the World Cup.

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain: Working hard to get fit for England
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain: Working hard to get fit for England

Oxlade-Chamberlain's place in England's World Cup squad was thrown into doubt last week when he suffered a knee injury during the 2-2 draw against Ecuador in Miami.

Roy Hodgson has kept Jon Flanagan and John Stones on standby in case he decides Oxlade-Chamberlain is not fit enough to take part in the tournament.

Hodgson has until Friday to make a change to his 23-man squad, but it looks like the England manager will not be making any alterations.

"It looks very unlikely that we'll replace him (Oxlade-Chamberlain)," Hodgson said. "I don't think that will be the case.

"He has got a strained medial ligament, but he is certainly working very hard and I don't think he could be further forward in terms of his progression than he is now. He's well up there."

Initial estimates put Oxlade-Chamberlain's recovery time at between two and three weeks.

That would rule Oxlade-Chamberlain out of England's first two matches, although he could feature in the final Group D game against Costa Rica and the knockout stages should the team progress.