Frank Lampard out of Euro 2012, Liverpool flops get chance of redemption
Frank Lampard was today ruled out of playing in Euro 2012 after picking up a thigh strain earlier in the week. England have now lost two senior experienced players to injury in the space of a week. Whilst losing Gareth Barry was a potential blessing in disguise, it’s hard to see how today’s announcement can benefit the Three Lions.
Admittedly the Gerrard-Lampard axis of evil won’t be up for debate any more, but the Chelsea midfielder was in his best form form a good two years. We still think Scott Parker should be starting, but the national side will certainly miss a player riding a wave of confidence after the Champions League victory earlier in the month.
This was most probably Lampard’s last major championship for England and a chance to scrub out the scar of his infamous goal line technology injustice back in South Africa two tears ago. Speaking on the sour news, England manager Roy Hodgson said today:
“The fact that the doctor cannot guarantee Frank could take part in any of the group matches means we have to replace him in the central midfield area. Apart from it being a huge blow to me and the team, I’m especially disappointed for Frank himself.”
The main beneficiary from the injury will be the Jordan Henderson, a player who has struggled all season to develop his potential in to match-winning substance. His inclusion makes us realise what a chance of remarkable redemption Euro 2012 could hold for Liverpool’s three colossal disappointments of the season.
Andy Carroll, Stewart Downing and Jordan Henderson could all conceivably start against France – an impossible thought given their much maligned performances this season and the inability to shake the ‘transfer flop’ charge with any conviction. Maybe just maybe the chance to play for a team who hasn’t dished out 20 plus million on them, will liberate them from the pressure they have carried at Anfield all year.