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World Cup Flashback: 5 Injuries England Could Have Done Without

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The curse of the metatarsal injury has been affecting England’s World Cup hopes for 2 decades. These injuries always seem to happen when players are working hard for their club teams in World Cup years to build on form and ensure their national team selection.

Here’s a rundown of some of them. Let’s hope it doesn’t have an effect this year.

Wayne Rooney #1

Wayne Rooney broke his metatarsal at 18 years old in Euro 2004, coming off during an eventual defeat to Portugal in the Quarter Finals.

 

 

Michael Owen #2

Curse of the metatarsal hit home hard with Michael Owen’s career comeback in Germany 2006.

 

 

David Beckham #3

Broken metatarsal in left foot in a Champions League game for Manchester United.

Managed to be partially fit for opening games and progressed to knockout stages.

 

 

Wayne Rooney #4

2nd broken metatarsal at World Cup 2006 – however he managed to get fit in time and still played.

 

 

Gary Neville #5

Broken metatarsals being a theme – while David Beckham made it to the 2002 World Cup, Gary Neville wasn’t so fortunate and had to rule himself out of selection.

 

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