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Walcott out of Poland game

The Football Association has confirmed that Theo Walcott has been withdrawn from the England squad to play Poland in Warsaw on Tuesday night.

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Walcott was forced off in the opening minutes of England's 5-0 win over San Marino on Friday after goalkeeper Aldo Simoncini clattered into him. The Arsenal winger was taken to hospital with a suspected broken rib.

The news that Walcott will not travel with the rest of the squad was expected, and will be of concern to Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger ahead of Saturday's trip to Norwich City, which is live on ESPN in the UK.

A statement issued by the FA read: "Theo Walcott has been ruled out of the FIFA World Cup qualifier with Poland on Tuesday with a chest injury. The Arsenal forward was taken to hospital following a collision with the San Marino goalkeeper on Friday night, he was monitored overnight as a precaution and following scan results today will return to his club for further treatment.''

England boss Hodgson fumed over the challenge after the match. "It was a very bad challenge," Hodgson told ITV. "He is in hospital and will stay in hospital overnight. He is having scans and tests, and we can only hope it is not too bad. It was it was a very poor challenge and really we should have been 1-0 up after two or three minutes from a penalty.

"I think if I were to describe it was reckless I would be being kind. It was a very fierce challenge. I think the goalkeeper, although I don't believe for one minute there was any malice in it when he went for the ball, irrespective of that it was a very bad challenge and it's put Walcott in hospital we have to wait now and find out the extent of his injury.

"And really and truly when your goalkeeper does that I think you are very lucky to a) have him still on the field, and b) not have a penalty given against him.

"Theo will now be in hospital overnight. It's a chest injury, and obviously didn't look too good but until such time as they've x-rayed it and scanned it we really don't know."

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