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England coach Hodgson expects Oxlade-Chamberlain to prove fitness

England coach Roy Hodgson expects to stick with Arsenal midfielder Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain for his final World Cup squad.

Hodgson has kept Liverpool defender Jon Flanagan and Everton's John Stones on standby in case he decides Oxlade-Chamberlain is not fit enough to take part in the tournament.

Hodgson has until Friday to make a change to his 23-man squad, but it looks like the England manager will not be making any alterations.

"It looks very unlikely that we'll replace him (Oxlade-Chamberlain)," Hodgson said. "I don't think that will be the case.

"He has got a strained medial ligament, but he is certainly working very hard and I don't think he could be further forward in terms of his progression than he is now. He's well up there."

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