Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Bent Joins England's Growing Injury List; Fans' Target: Frank Lampard

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Bent Joins England's Growing Injury List; Fans' Target: Frank Lampard

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Byline: KEN DYER

TOTTENHAM striker Darren Bent today joined Liverpool captain StevenGerrard, Manchester United midfielder Owen Hargreaves and Portsmouth defenderSol Campbell in pulling out of England's friendly against Germany on Wednesday.

Bent, who scored in the 4-0 win over Derby, was told not to report for dutybecause of a thigh problem.

Gerrard, who played in the 1-1 draw with Chelsea yesterday, had an X-ray on hisfractured toe today.

The England medical team have been in constant liaison with staff at Anfield -and after assessing the scans it was decided Gerrard would not be fit tofeature at Wembley.

United midfielder Hargreaves and Portsmouth's Campbell were both also injuryconcerns - but were required to report to the England team hotel.

However, after they were examined by the side's medical staff it was decidedtheir respective knee and groin problems were significant enough to rule themout.

One plus point for England boss Steve McClaren was the attendance of formercaptain David Beckham at this afternoon's training session at London Colney. …

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