Gareth Southgate Becomes First World Cup Casualty

England boss Gareth Southgate has become the first casualty of England’s World Cup campaign, suffering a dislocated shoulder whilst out running at the team’s base on the Gulf of Finland on Wednesday.

After scheduling in a day off from training for his squad, Southgate, who has kept himself in great shape since retiring from playing football, decided to go out for a run near their base on Repino, but tripped and tried to break the fall with his arm.

The former Middlesbrough manager was running alone and had to call the medical team for help from his mobile phone and then taken to a nearby hospital where he was treated with the assistance of England team doctor Rob Chakraverty.

“I might not be celebrating any goals as athletically in future,” Southgate said after the incident.

“The doc has made it clear that punching the air is not an option.

“We have got such a great support team and they were there very quickly. They were supposed to be relaxing because we let the players have a bit of time off and I am causing them to work.

“We are lucky we have a top-class medical team around us, so it was fine. I had brilliant help from them, and I am just sorry that I managed to ruin their day off.”

By Wednesday evening Southgate was back at the team’s training base with his arm in a sling to hold a scheduled meeting with his squad before dinner, but by Thursday morning’s training session he had ditched the sling.

Southgate, who jumped in the air celebrating England’s injury-time winner in Monday night’s 2-1 opening victory over Tunisia, will have to take it steady when they face Panama in their second Group G game of Russia 2018 at 13:00 BST on Sunday in Nizhny Novgorod.