Gerrard and Hargreaves doubtful for Germany

August 19, 2007

LONDON, Aug 19 (Reuters) - Owen Hargreaves and Steven Gerrard are both unlikely to play for England against Germany in a friendly at Wembley on Wednesday.

Hargreaves made his debut for Manchester United in the 1-0 defeat at Manchester City on Sunday but manager Alex Ferguson said the former Bayern Munich midfielder was not fit enough to turn out for his country despite his inclusion in the squad.

'His knees are a bit sore now,' Ferguson said on United's Web site (www.manutd.com). 'He'll probably report for the game but I don't think he'll be anywhere near fit enough to play for England. He'll need a few days to recover and hopefully we can get him fit for the Tottenham game.'

Gerrard, who played for Liverpool in the 1-1 draw with Chelsea on Sunday despite a broken toe, said he did not expect to play against Germany.

'I looked fit today because I had a painkilling injection to play,' Gerrard said. 'I need to rest to be ready for the England qualifiers.

'If the X-ray tomorrow shows the crack has healed, I'll be playing for England. But I can't see it because three days ago I had an X-ray and I'd broken a toe.'

Portsmouth's Sol Campbell has already pulled out of the squad.