Sporting CP
7:15 PM UTC
Game Details
Game Details

England boss Gareth Southgate makes light of dislocating shoulder jogging

REPINO, Russia -- England's players got a bit of a surprise when they arrived for a team meeting at their World Cup base on Wednesday: Their coach had his right arm in a sling.

Gareth Southgate dislocated his right shoulder while out running during England's scheduled day off from training and was taken to the hospital by a team doctor.

"It is better this is me than one of the players," Southgate said. "They were a bit surprised in the team meeting and were asking, `What have you been doing?' As always, they were probably quite amused."

England won their opening group game 2-1 against Tunisia on Monday, with Southgate celebrating a late winner by Harry Kane by punching the air in delight.

"I might not be celebrating any goals as athletically in future. The doc has made it clear that punching the air is not an option." said Southgate, who was in jovial mood discussing his injury. "I am just a bit gutted because I was on for my record 10-kilometre time."

Southgate, whose team face Panama on Sunday in Group G, was treated at a nearby hospital under the supervision of the England team doctor Rob Chakraverty.

"We have a great support team and they were there very quickly," he said.

"They were supposed to be relaxing because we let the players have a bit of time off and I am causing them work."


Use a Facebook account to add a comment, subject to Facebook's Terms of Service and Privacy Policy. Your Facebook name, photo & other personal information you make public on Facebook will appear with your comment, and may be used on ESPN's media platforms. Learn more.