Holocaust survivors Ben Helfgott and Zigi Shipper have been pictured with England captain Steven Gerrard after giving a talk to the squad ahead of Euro 2012.
The Euro 2012 England squad have met Holocaust Survivors Zigi Shipper and Ben Helfgott at their team hotel.
– England Manager Roy Hodgson
It’s a huge blow for the team, especially coming after the loss of another senior player in Gareth Barry. The fact that the doctor cannot guarantee Frank could take part in any of the group matches means we have to replace him in the central midfield area.Apart from it being a huge blow to me and the team, I’m especially disappointed for Frank himself. He has been in very good form and was looking forward to the tournament. He made a huge contribution towards us qualifying for the Euros so it is cruel to be forced out through injury just before the tournament.
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Frank Lampard has been ruled out of Euro 2012 due to injury, the Football Association said.
The Chelsea midfielder pulled his thigh in training on Wednesday and was examined today by the England medical staff following a scan.
Liverpool midfielder Jordan Henderson will be called into the squad - subject to agreement from UEFA’s medical team.
FA Chairman David Bernstein has told ITV News the England team has made contingency plans to deal with potential incidents of racism or violence at this summer's European Championships in Poland and Ukraine, but was "hopeful" they would not be needed.
Manchester City striker Mario Balotelli said he intends to walk off the pitch if he is racially abused at Euro 2012 and would "kill" anyone who threw a banana at him in the street.
The Italian told France Football: "If someone throws a banana at me in the street, I will go to prison because I will kill him. Racism is unacceptable to me, I cannot bear it.
"I hope there will not be a problem at the Euros because if it does happen I would straight away leave the pitch and go home. We are in 2012, it can't happen."
The family of England striker Danny Welbeck are likely to travel to Ukraine and Poland for Euro 2012 despite fears over racist-fuelled violence, according to The Times (£).
Relatives of Arsenal midfielders Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Theo Walcott have decided not to travel to the tournament over fears of being victims of racist abuse.
– UEFA Spokesman
UEFA has been working closely with the local organisation committees and the host football associations to develop and implement all necessary measures to ensure safety inside the stadia at UEFA EURO 2012.
We are confident that the atmosphere around the matches will be passionnate and that it will be a true celebration of football in a festive environment.