Jay Rodriguez was destined to go to Brazil

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Is this Southampton star’s injury a blessing in disguise?

Date: 14th April 2014 at 12:17pm
Written by Ben Coldwell

It was hard not to be saddened when the replays were played of Jay Rodriguez’s knee buckling as he landed while playing against Manchester City. It was no challenge for viewers to lip-read the “please, please, please” that the Southampton striker uttered as he went down clutching his knee. The look on his face told everybody what they needed to know, and what Roy Hodgson, his team-mates, and Rodriguez himself feared the most; his World Cup hopes had just evaporated. But as one door closes, another one opens. As callous as it may sound, a difficult decision has been made for Hodgson which could prove a sensible one. The dichotomy of whether to go ‘big or small’ has been solved by an act of divine intervention. Now all that remains to be answered is one question; Lambert or Carroll? In a season where a host of star performances have come from Englishmen, the progression Jay Rodriguez had made was arguably the most impressive. Rodriguez had become ... Read More


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