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Sunderland striker's World Cup in doubt after injury

Sunderland's American striker Jozy Altidore was stretchered off just twenty minutes into last night's 2-1 USA victory over Ghana.

He suffered a hamstring injury while chasing a long ball and lay on the pitch in obvious pain for several minutes, before being carried off.

It's not yet clear how serious the injury is and whether Altidore will be able to play again during the World Cup.

Jozy Altidore in action for the USA against Ghana last night Credit: Marius Becker/DPA/Press Association Images
Sunderland striker Jozy Altidore is carried off during last night's match Credit: Marius Becker/DPA/Press Association Images

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North East football fans warned to keep a cool head

As England prepare to kick off their World Cup campaign this evening, fans in the North East are being warned not allow all the excitement turn to violence and disorder.

Northumbria Police say extra officers will be patrolling areas across the force during games, particularly England matches, to stop high spirits turning into alcohol-fuelled violences, particularly in bars and pubs.

Police will seek to have Football Banning Orders imposed on anyone arrested for a violence-related offence while watching a World Cup match at a licensed premises should they be subsequently convicted.

"Officers have been working with licensed premises across the force to find out what they've got planned for screening the games and we will continue to work with them throughout the duration of the tournament. "We know the vast majority of fans will enjoy matches in a sensible and responsible way. However, we of course like to make sure we have officers on hand to respond to any eventuality."

– Chief Superintendent Andy McDyer, Northumbria Police

England's Jordan Henderson remembered by school

As England and Liverpool player Jordan Henderson prepares to take his place at the World Cup in Brazil, his old teachers at Farringdon Community Academy in Sunderland are watching.

They remember him for his "fantastic attitude" and use him as an example to other teenagers about what could happen if they work hard.

Simon O'Rourke reports.

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Do you recognise England's Jordan Henderson aged 14?

He is now an international star, a key figure in Liverpool's midfield and in Brazil expecting to start for England against Italy in the World Cup. But aged 14, Jordan Henderson was an enthusiastic member of the Year 9 team at Farringdon Community Academy in Sunderland. Can you spot him?

England player Jordan Henderson is in the middle Credit: Farringdon Community Academy

Incidentally, that line-up also includes another now international sports star. The boy in the school blazer on the far left is Durham and England cricketer Scott Borthwick.

Jordan Henderson is remembered as an enthusiastic team player Credit: Farringdon Community Academy

England's Jordan Henderson remembered by teacher

Sunderland-born Jordan Henderson is expected to be in the starting line-up for England against Italy in the World Cup. He left the Black Cats to join Liverpool in 2011, but has not been forgotten on Wearside.

David Robinson was Henderson's football coach at Farringdon Community Academy and said he always had a "fantastic" attitude.

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