Both Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Raheem Sterling sat out England’s friendly international against Honduras on Saturday. While the former is injured, the latter was suspended.
Arsenal winger Oxlade-Chamberlain picked up a knee injury against Ecuador on Wednesday and there are serious doubts on whether he will recover in time for the Three Lions’ opening World Cup game against Italy on June 14.
The 20-year-old is considered as one of the finest youngsters in England and will be a key player for the 1966 World Cup winners in Brazil.
Sterling is also one of the many youngsters manager Roy Hodgson has included in his 23-man squad, and he too is expected to play an important role for his country in South America.
The 19-year-old Liverpool winger picked up a red card against Ecuador in Miami last week and was suspended for the warm-up match against Honduras on Saturday.
Sterling will be available for the game against Italy, although Oxlade-Chamberlain is likely to miss the first two matches despite Hodgson saying that he is making “good progress”.
Both players attended England’s game against Honduras and prior to the match, they met with some of the travelling fans who had gone to watch them play all the way in Miami.
The former Southampton starlet posted the following photo on Instagram with the message: ‘Me and @31sterling with some of the travelling fans before kick off. Appreciate the support!
England are expected to have a strong support in Brazil and such actions from two of the team’s most promising young players are certainly going to endear them even more to the travelling fans.