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Downing suffers injury setback during England training

Filed: Friday, 14th November 2014
By: Staff Writer

It's not quite on the 'Dean Ashton' scale, but Stewart Downing has picked up a slight knock ahead of England's European Championship qualifier with Slovenia.

West Ham's 30-year-old midfielder has been impressing during training all week but is a slight concern for manager Roy Hodgson ahead of Friday evening's clash after sustaining a minor injury this morning.

However the FA report that the in-form Hammer - whose last cap came in May 2012 - is expected to recover in time for this weekend's clash.

Speaking to the BBC about his recall this week, Downing said: "At the minute I'm on a bit of a high, playing well. Obviously Roy's noticed that and I just need to continue playing consistently well.

"I'm playing in a good team, a winning team. So I'm looking to get out there, perform and just carry my form on. The main thing is the manager's happy for me to be here and I'm over the moon to play."

* In other international news, Carl Jenkinson netted for the England Under 21s last night as Gareth Southgate's side beat Portugal 3-1 at Burnley's Turf Moor ground to extend their sequence of straight wins to 11.

West Ham's on-loan right-back added a second for England shortly before half time after Danny Ings had given the Three Lions an early lead.

Ings added a second in the second half to restore England's two goal lead after Bernardo Silva has reduced the deficit shortly before half time.

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