"Frank Lampard has today pulled up in training with a thigh injury. "He will have a scan and be assessed by the England medical team tomorrow. "Jordan Henderson has been put on standby notice as cover whilst Lampard continues to be monitored."
Liverpool midfielder Jordan Henderson, who turns 22 during the tournament, has played just twice for England and would be expected to replace 33-year-old Lampard who has amassed 90 caps in his 13 years playing for the national side. Despite having a disappointing season following his £20 million move from Sunderland last year, Henderson was picked by Roy Hodgson for standby duty over the likes of the more experienced Michael Carrick and Joe Cole for central midfield back-ups. Other stand-by choices include Manchester City winger Adam Johnson and Chelsea forward Daniel Sturridge, however Hodgson has made it known he would want to replace Lampard with a central midfielder. Lampard would be a huge loss for England, a genuine leader and game-changer who has been to the big dance on many occasions and who most recently just won the European cup. Though his absence from Hodgson's team would mean the new coach could bypass the problem of working Gerrard and Lampard in the same team.