Gerrard not an injury concern

ENGLAND manager Roy Hodgson has dismissed fears that his team’s European Championship campaign could be derailed by the inability of key midfield pair Steven Gerrard and Scott Parker to cope with a demanding schedule.

Hodgson can ill afford to see captain Gerrard or ball-winner Parker become the latest to suffer injuries but believes they are not at risk and hinted he would name an unchanged team against Sweden tomorrow.

He said: “Age doesn’t bother me. When you go into the third game you are concerned for all your players, not just Gerrard and Parker, because three games played in Ukraine in heat takes it out of everybody.

Hodgson did, however, admit “there was no question” England missed striker Wayne Rooney, who is suspended for one more game.