1 May 2014

England winger Townsend to miss World Cup

7:22 am on 1 May 2014

The England and Tottenham Hotspur winger Andros Townsend will miss the football World Cup after being ruled out for up to 10 weeks with an ankle injury.

Townsend, who has five caps, will undergo surgery on his left ankle after picking up the injury during Tottenham's 1-0 Premier League victory over Stoke City on Sunday.

The 22-year-old started the campaign in sparkling form and made an impressive international debut in October, scoring in England's 4-1 World Cup qualifying win over Montenegro.

England manager Hodgson will announce his provisional 23-man squad, plus seven standby players, next Tuesday, before confirming his final squad in early June.

The World Cup starts on June 12 and England have been drawn in Group D alongside Italy, Uruguay and Costa Rica, with their first match against the Italians on 14 June.