MOSCOW Russia (Xinhua) --
England striker Jamie Vardy is now a serious
injury doubt as England turn their attention to preparing
Saturday’s World Cup quarterfinal clash against Sweden in
Vardy played as a
second half substitute for Raheem Sterling in the game, but
despite being one of the five players expected to take the fifth
penalty in Tuesday’s decisive shootout, the final penalty was
taken by Eric Dier.
It has now been
confirmed that Vardy suffered a groin injury in extra time and
needed an injection, which means he must be a serious doubt for
Others who could be
struggling for full fitness are midfielder Dele Alli, who was
once again holding his troublesome left thigh as he left the
pitch, while full back Ashley Young had to be replaced in the
closing minutes of the match after suffering cramp.
million people in the UK tuned in to watch the shootout that
ended on Tuesday’s game, which was broadcast on the network ITV.
That means it has become the most-watched sporting event to be
broadcast in Britain since the opening ceremony of the 2012
London Olympic Games.