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Rodriguez: No England what ifs

Southampton star Jay Rodriguez refuses to think of 'what if' after missing out on the World Cup with England.

The 24-year-old was heavily tipped to be on the plane to Brazil but his hopes were dashed when he ruptured the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee while playing at Manchester City on 5 April.

Despite the blow, Rodriguez, whose sparkling form for the Saints this season had seen him earn his first England cap, refuses to be too downcast.

He told The Independent: "I never expect anything in my life and my career.

"I would never talk about 'what if', or anything like that. I'll just be happy to see the England team out there for the World Cup, hopefully doing really well."

Boosted

He has been boosted by the support he has received following his injury from England players.

"Joe Hart came in after the game and said a few nice things.

"Wayne Rooney texted me, which was really good, and (injured Arsenal star) Theo Walcott texted because he's going through the same process," said Rodriguez, who also received a boost from England boss Roy Hodgson.

"He spoke to me and said some really nice things, which really gave me a lift. It was a really nice call from him. It meant a lot to me.

"It's really nice to know that people care. It shows what great team spirit and bunch of lads they are. It's really nice and made me feel a lot better."

He is delighted Southampton team-mates Luke Shaw, Adam Lallana and Rickie Lambert are in the squad.

"For me it was great news. I never had any doubt they would go. They're good friends so it gives me a boost just seeing them there because they fully deserve it.

"It means everything to me they are there."