England

Gary Cahill out with broken jaw

June 3, 2012
By ESPN.com news services

LONDON -- England defender Gary Cahill has been ruled out of the European Championship after fracturing his jaw in Saturday's final warm-up match against Belgium.

The central defender is the third England player in the last week to be ruled out of Euro 2012, following injuries to midfielders Frank Lampard and Gareth Barry.

Cahill was injured in the first half of England's 1-0 victory over Belgium at Wembley after being shoved into goalkeeper Joe Hart by Dries Mertens.

The Football Association says Cahill has two fractures of his jaw, one on each side. Liverpool defender Martin Kelly will be called up in his place.

Kelly's section angered Rio Ferdinand as his representative says England coach Roy Hodgson has shown the defender a lack of respect by repeatedly ignoring him for the European Championship.

Manchester United's Ferdinand has 81 caps.

Ferdinand's representative Jamie Moralee says "to treat a player that has captained and served his country 81 times (in this manner) is nothing short of disgraceful. Total lack of respect from Hodgson and the FA."

Meanwhile, John Terry has been given the all clear following fears of a hamstring injury after coming off Saturday.

Hodgson denied last month that Ferdinand wasn't in the initial 23-man squad over concerns he couldn't play with Terry, who is facing trial for allegedly racially abusing Ferdinand's brother, Anton, the Queens Park Rangers defender.

England's Euro 2012 opener is against France on June 11.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.