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Walcott injury scare for England

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Theo Walcott's participation against Ukraine is up in the air © PA Photos
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Roy Hodgson has revealed Theo Walcott is a doubt for England's final group game against Ukraine.

Walcott made his first appearance at a major international tournament on Friday as he came off the substitutes' bench to provide a goal and an assist in the 3-2 victory over Sweden.

As a result of that performance, the Arsenal winger had been tipped to start Tuesday's game against the co-hosts, but he was forced to leave Sunday's training session early after suffering what Hodgson described as "a tightness in his hamstring".

"Unfortunately he had a slight setback in training," Hodgson told BBC Radio Five Live. "He felt the hamstring that kept him out for so long at the end of the season, and which we were slightly concerned about when he came to us.

"We have been lucky nothing has occurred with that, but in a little training session today we had to take the precaution of taking him from the field because he felt some tightness there.

"Whether he is a real contender for a starting position will depend upon what the medical people can tell me and how much guarantee they can give me that if I do start him, he won't be leaving the field after five minutes, forcing us to have 13 men rather than the 14 I would rather count on."

Meanwhile, Wayne Rooney has said the England camp under Hodgson is the happiest it has been since he made his international debut in 2003.

"It feels more like a club team now, rather than an international team," Rooney told the BBC. "Everyone gets on with each other and there's a lot of trust between the players and the coaching staff, and everyone's happy.

"You only have to go to the hotel to see the lads. You've got City players playing snooker with United players, Chelsea players playing Liverpool. Everyone's mixing, everyone's getting on well and there's a good chemistry between the lads.

"At the minute, it's certainly the most comfortable I think the team have been off the pitch since I've been in the squad."

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