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World Cup 2014

Football: Baines, Oxlade-Chamberlain out for England

Published on Jun 23, 2014 6:02 AM
England's defender Leighton Baines takes part in a training session at the Urca military base in Rio de Janeiro on June 9, 2014, ahead of the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil. -- PHOTO: AFP

RIO DE JANEIRO (AFP) - Leighton Baines and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain will miss England’s final World Cup game against Costa Rica on Tuesday due to injury, manager Roy Hodgson revealed on Sunday.

Everton left-back Baines has injured his hamstring, while Arsenal midfielder Oxlade-Chamberlain has suffered a recurrence of the knee problem that forced him to miss England’s 2-1 losses to Italy and Uruguay.

Baines’s absence means that 18-year-old Southampton defender Luke Shaw is likely to come into the team at left-back.

Hodgson has pledged to use the game in Belo Horizonte to give playing time to players who have not yet featured in Brazil.

While surprise package Costa Rica require a point to secure top spot in Group D, England have nothing to play for after being condemned to their earliest World Cup exit since 1958.