England defender Lescott 'gutted' for injured Cahill

Manchester City centre-back disappointed for team-mate after fractured jaw rules him out of Euro 2012 and believes Dries Mertens should have been punished more severely for push

England defender Joleon Lescott has admitted he’s "gutted" for Gary Cahill after he was ruled out of Euro 2012.

The Chelsea centre-back left the field at Wembley after colliding with keeper Joe Hart following a push from Belgium’s Dries Mertens in the Three Lions 1-0 victory on Saturday.

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Cahill suffered a double fracture of his jaw after having an x-ray following the game and was consequently ruled out of the tournament, becoming the fourth player from Roy Hodgson’s squad to have to pull out of the competition.

Lescott replaced the former Bolton man after 19 minutes and helped England record their second clean sheet under the tenure of their new manager and now looks in prime position to partner John Terry in the heart the defence against France on June 11.

The Manchester City defender revealed he was disappointed for his team-mate and believes Mertens should have been punished more severely than the yellow card he received.

Lescott said on his Twitter account: "Gutted to hear Gaz is ruled out.

"The challenge that caused it was more reckless and dangerous than most two-footed tackles so why only yellow?"