Disappointed Reo-Coker sets sights on England future
Nigel Reo-Coker is determined to force his way back into the England squad next season after being forced to withdraw from the World Cup standby list with a back injury.
The West Ham captain suffered a slight slipped disc which, if aggravated further, could have caused a severe injury.
Reo-Coker had been suffering with lower back pain in the closing weeks of the season and he was sent for a scan after the problem persisted during England's training camp in Portugal.
Medics recommended complete rest, ending Reo-Coker's hopes of breaking into the World Cup squad.
But the 22-year-old believes his week spent training with the England squad will stand him in good stead next season.
'It is obviously really disappointing to have to withdraw from being on stand-by but I obviously have to listen to the advice of the doctors and do what is best for my long-term future,' Reo-Coker told the West Ham website, www.whufc.com.
'I still had a great week training with England last week in Portugal, working with world-class players and top-class coaches, so there is a lot I can take away from that.
'Now I must rest my back and get ready for next season, and hopefully there will be other opportunities with England in the future.'
Reo-Coker was replaced on the England stand-by list by Everton midfielder Phil Neville.