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Roy Hodgson believes Scott Parker will not be troubled by his Achilles injury but is concerned by Gareth Barry’s groin problem
England manager Roy Hodgson believes that Tottenham midfielder Scott Parker will be fit enough to play at Euro 2012.
The former West Ham midfielder has been missing with an Achilles injury in recent weeks and the problem area was iced up after he was withdrawn in the second half.
However, there is more concern about Manchester City midfielder Gareth Barry, who was withdrawn with a groin strain.
“I think Scott [Parker’s] OK but Gareth Barry worrries me a little bit more because he felt his groin so he will have to go for a scan,” Hodgson said.
“If it’s a serious injury it’s something for me to seriously to think about.
“You don’t lay foundations in three days. I just think it was a very positive start to my time as manager and it keeps us going until the next game.”
The new England manager was delighted after picking up a win in his first game as manager and the first win in Norway since 1966.
“It was a great start for us. I was bit worried about the fatigue factor. People having been doing so much to impress me that I was worried that they may have left something behind on the training pitch.
“[Ashley] Young and [Andy] Carroll have proved they can do that job. At times we should haveb een more positive and got it up to them a bit sooner. That’s something we’ve got to work on. But hopefully by the time Euro 2012 comes around we will have worked on that.”