Hodgson comments give World Cup hope to uncapped Liverpool starlet

Jon Flanagan (low quality)

Roy Hodgson has made his concerns on Kyle Walker public - Should Jon Flanagan take the Tottenham star's place if injured?

England have been dealt something of a double injury blow from Tottenham Hotspur this week. Firstly there is the news that Andros Townsend is definitely out of the World Cup with ankle ligament damage.

And it looks as though Kyle Walker could join him.

Roy Hodgson said of the right-back yesterday:

"We haven't been told for certain that he will be out for the next six to 10 weeks but we are concerned that it has been a long time he has been out. During that time he has not been able to do any training with the rest of the team as far as I know. I know he has had another injection. We are waiting to find out whether that helps. He has not been fit for a long time."

None of that sounds particulary good for the Tottenham full-back - who seems unlikely to feature for Spurs again this season.

Hodgson has made it clear that only 100% fit players will be going to the World Cup - and if Walker is a doubt, then Walker is out.

Of course that is terrible for Walker - but it might just give another player a chance to make it to Brazil this summer.

Liverpool are currently top of the Premier League and one of the revelations of their season has been Jon Flanagan.

The versatile full-back can play either right or left and has to be on Hodgson’s radar.

He has a mistake in him, as do most young full-backs, but he is also dogged, great in the tackle and super fit - not to mention composed on the ball.

Glen Johnson should be the starter, but Flanagan should surely go as his back-up, even if Walker wasn’t injured he had a case.

Flanagan was not included in the latest England Under-21 squad - but it now seems as though he might be on his way to Brazil in what would be an exciting and positive move by the England manager.

However, a word of warning. Hodgson believes that Chris Smalling and Phil Jones can do a job at right-back - so he might just not bother taking a specialist full-back to cover Johnson at all.

Which would be a real shame - and certainly not an improvement on the England squad.

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