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Blow for England: Frank Lampard ruled out of Euro 2012

The Chelsea midfielder will be replaced by Jordan Henderson, who had a torrid first season with Liverpool.

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FRANK LAMPARD WILL not be going to Euro 2012, after he was ruled out with the thigh injury he suffered in training on Wednesday.

The veteran Chelsea midfielder will be replaced by Liverpool’s Jordan Henderson in the squad, subject to UEFA approval.

“It’s a huge blow for the team, especially coming after the loss of another senior player in Gareth Barry,” said manager Roy Hodgson.

“The fact that the doctor cannot guarantee Frank could take part in any of the group matches means we have to replace him in the central midfield area.

“Apart from it being a huge blow to me and the team, I’m especially disappointed for Frank himself,” he added.

“He has been in very good form and was looking forward to the tournament. He made a huge contribution towards us qualifying for the Euros so it is cruel to be forced out through injury just before the tournament.”

Lampard, who will be 36 by the time the 2014 World Cup comes around, was only in his second day of training after joining the squad late, due to Chelsea’s successful Champions League exploits.

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