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England physio’s World Cup over after freak accident

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Daniel Sturridge’s equaliser for England against Italy was overshadowed by a freak injury to physio Gary Lewin.

Elation turned to concern on the England bench as a swarm of staff and officials huddled around a distressed Lewin who injured his ankle during the goal celebration.

After a short delay, the long-serving physio was rolled onto a stretcher and carried down the tunnel.

England first confirmed Lewin had suffered a dislocated ankle on Twitter, but then deleted the message - the diagnosis presumably not aided by the absence of a physiotherapist.

It was later confirmed that Lewin would have to fly home due to his injury.

Claudio Marchisio had fired Italy ahead before England responded through Sturridge but Mario Balotelli scored a decisive header to secure Italy then win.

[BALOTELLI CONDEMNS ENGLAND TO OPENING DEFEAT]

Costa Rica shocked Uruguay 3-1 in Group D's earlier match.

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