England winger Alex-Oxlade Chamberlain will be fit to take part in the World Cup after making good progress with his knee injury, manager Roy Hodgson said after Saturday’s 0-0 draw with Honduras.

Oxlade-Chamberlain picked up the injury in Wednesday’s 2-2 draw with Ecuador and Hodgson had said he may have to wait until 24 hours before England’s Group D opener against Italy on June 14 before deciding whether the Arsenal wide-man could be part of his squad.

But Hodgson took a much more positive tone on Saturday.

“Everyone is fit. Oxlade-Chamberlain is making good progress.

“I think he’ll make the tournament without a shadow of a doubt,” Hodgson said.

England was relieved to get through a tough encounter with Honduras without picking up any further injuries.

Captain Steven Gerrard was replaced at half-time but said that had been planned before the game due to a slight concern over his groin after Wednesday’s game. — AFP

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