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Curse of broken foot hits England again

England are put through their paces as injuries take their toll
England are put through their paces as injuries take their toll  


JEJU, South Korea (CNN) -- England have been rocked by another injury with midfielder Danny Murphy ruled out of the finals with a broken bone in his left foot.

The 25-year-old midfielder, who made his England debut last November, is the latest in a long line of casualties that has thrown coach Sven-Goran Eriksson's plans into disarray.

Eriksson led training on Thursday without captain David Beckham, defender Ashley Cole and midfielders Nicky Butt and Kieron Dyer. England also lost key midfielder Steven Gerrard and defender Gary Neville before the squad set off.

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Trevor Sinclair, who had been on standby but was sent home after Tuesday's 1-1 draw against co-hosts South Korea, has been recalled to the squad.

Murphy impressed Eriksson during Tuesday's match but injured his foot while training afterwards. He had been on crutches and on Friday the results of a scan confirmed his worst fear.

"I am not fed up," Eriksson told a news conference on Friday. "I am looking forward to the World Cup. England is a great football nation and they have great players.

"They will show the world they should have been there from beginning. Sometimes the problems come and they are there to be resolved."

Murphy's injury is similar to those sustained by Beckham and Neville. Beckham has been in light training but remains doubtful for England's opening match against Sweden on June 2.





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