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Chelsea's Bertrand to avoid Twitter reprimand - Hodgson

England boss Roy Hodgson says that Chelsea youngster Ryan Bertrand will not be punished for his recent outburst on Twitter.

Reports suggested that the 23-year old withdrew from the Three Lions squad for upcoming World Cup qualifiers with San Marino and Poland because of a sore throat sparking an angry reaction from the player who wrote: "Do you think a "sorethroat" could stop me being a part of a match for my club or country #yourf***ingnuts this is what every boy dreams of."

Bertrand later apologised for the rant with Hodgson of the belief that perhaps his reaction was a bit too strong.

"I think his sentiments were laudable, in telling you how much he wants to play for England, being a little bit irritated that someone should suggest he doesn't play when he gets a sore throat," said the England manager who also feels there will be no further punishment.

"But his choice of words was wrong, I'm pleased to see he's apologised for it. It just reminds us how remarkably careful players of this profile have to be."

He added: "I believe the governance of the FA have already made a decision on [a punishment].

"There's not really a question from the FA's point of view that he'll be charged...but it's a lesson that needs to be learned and hopefully a lesson we can all learn from.

"It's not a great problem for me as I have no Twitter account."

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