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Roy Hodgson disappointed with Andros Townsend injury

England manager Roy Hodgson admits that it is "a cruel blow" to both himself and Andros Townsend after the winger was ruled out of the World Cup through injury.

England manager Roy Hodgson has admitted that he is frustrated to lose Andros Townsend for the World Cup finals in Brazil.

Townsend has been ruled out for 10 weeks with an ankle injury, and after the Tottenham Hotspur winger had helped England qualify for the tournament, Hodgson is disappointed not to have the 22-year-old available to him in the summer.

The 66-year-old is quoted by the Football Association's official website as saying: "I am very disappointed. I am disappointed for him in particular, he had a fantastic debut bursting onto the scene and he did really well.

"I have been a bit disappointed for him that he has not had as much playing time over recent months than I was hoping that he would get, but to see him ruled out like this with a serious ankle injury, that is a cruel blow."

Townsend has scored once in his first five games on the international stage.

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Andros Townsend of England scores their third goal during the FIFA 2014 World Cup Qualifying Group H match between England and Montenegro at Wembley Stadium on October 11, 2013
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