Hodgson confesses England concern over Tottenham's Parker

England coach Roy Hodgson admits Tottenham midfielder Scot Parker’s injury cloud could be a problem.

Parker was captain in Stuart Pearce's temporary reign but the 31-year-old lost the armband to Steven Gerrard, on Wednesday.

Hodgson said: "Scott's had an injection which will probably take a week for us to see if it's been successful or not.

"He could still miss out, although from what I'm hearing, it won't be a problem. He's very confident."

The manager added: "We've got until the 29 May to finalise the squad and I may still have a call to make on that one if it's looking dubious, if there is a doubt.

"I'll have that call to make. Do I take the risk and go with a doubt and hope for the best or do I say 'I'm sorry, I've selected you in my 23 players, but now I have to remove you'?

"But I'm very confident that won't happen. I'm very optimistic. The doctor spoke to Scott Parker and Spurs on Wednesday, so I'm confident - but I can't give a guarantee."

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