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England's World Cup Hopes Dealt Another Blow as Jermaine Defoe Tears Hamstring

LONDON, ENGLAND - MARCH 03:  Jermaine Defoe of England appeals during the International Friendly match between England and Egypt at Wembley Stadium on March 3, 2010 in London, England.  (Photo by Jamie McDonald/Getty Images)
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Daniel GoochAnalyst IMarch 19, 2010

Fabio Capello's World Cup team has been dealt yet another blow. Jermain Defoe is the latest name on a growing list of injured star players.

The Tottenham striker was at training today, when he tore his hamstring. It was described as a grade two tear, which should only keep him out of action for a couple of weeks. A grade three tear being the most serious, would have seen his World Cup hopes all but evaporate.

In the build up to their game with Stoke, Tottenham Hotspur boss, Harry Redknapp, has said the England stricker will be out of action for the next few vitally important games.

"It's a grade two (tear) but it will be a few weeks. He is struggling."

After the injury news of David Beckham last week, this is another massive blow to England's World Cup hopes.

Ashley Cole, who is recovering from a broken ankle, and Aaron Lennon who has a groin problem since December are also major worries.

With less than three months to go there is still time for him to recover. However, there is also ample time for more players to injure themselves.

It would just be England's luck that Wayne Rooney, Steven Gerrard and Frank Lampard could all injure themselves on the last game of the season.

How many more players are going to get injured in the run up to the world cup?

Lets hope none, except Heskey and maybe Bent...

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