Delph placed on England standby list

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The Manchester City midfielder endured an injury-hit season at the Etihad Stadium and has now been placed on the standby list by the Three Lions manager ahead of Euro 2016

Fabian Delph has been placed on England's Euro 2016 standby list by manager Roy Hodgson after a groin injury forced him out of Friday's warm-up friendly against Australia.

The Manchester City midfielder was, for many, a shock inclusion in Hodgson's provisional 26-man party, having seen first-team opportunities limited during an injury-hit season.

And the former Fulham boss now concedes that Delph will have to rely on withdrawals from his final 23-man squad if he is to feature for England in France.

"I've put him on a standby list, which he understands and accepts," Hodgson told reporters.

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"I don't think it's going to be a long-term injury for him, so if I needed him and wanted him to come with us, it's easy for me to call him and ask him to do so.

"But I have actually said to him that, with the situation that we have with the other 25 players, it might be unlikely."

England kick off their Euro 2016 campaign against Russia on June 11.