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Hodgson: It was sad to drop Chelsea's Lampard

England manager Roy Hodgson said he and the medical team had no choice but to leave Frank Lampard out of the Euro2012 squad.

The Chelsea veteran suffered a thigh injury in training on Wednesday with scans yesterday revealing that the damage was too much to take him to Poland and Ukraine, forcing Hodgson to bring in standby Jordan Henderson.

"We have got the full contingent now and everyone trained, so there are no problems there, it was just the sad news we had to deal with when Frank was injured," Hodgson told Sky Sports News HD.

"It's good that Jordan has been able to come in so quickly and join us. But the injury to Frank, we got the scan results yesterday and having to see him leave the group was a very sad moment.

"I think all muscle tears can be close, but there are very few that clear up in less than two weeks. Maybe two to three, but two is very optimistic."

England open their Euro campaign in Group D on June 11 against France in Donetsk.

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