Ouch! Theo Walcott clash with Aldo Simoncini sparks comparisons with Schumacher/Battiston

“If I described the challenge as reckless I would be being kind. It was a very fierce challenge. I don’t believe there was any malice. But it put a dampener on the evening.” – Roy Hodgson.

Theo Walcott will miss England’s World Cup qualifier in Poland on Tuesday after picking up a chest injury thanks to a horror challenge from San Marino keeper Aldo Simoncini.

The Arsenal forward was clattered in just the sixth minute of the clash with minnows San Marino and substituted after a lengthy delay.

Aaron Lennon replaced Arsenal’s Theo Walcott and the Spurs man profited, providing two of England’s five goals against San Marino.

It could well have been more though had the referee sent off Simoncini for his reckless challenge, a point made by Roy Hodgson post match.

In the aftermath of England 5 – San Marino 0, more than a few media outlets made the comparison between Theo Walcott’s injury and the infamous Harald Schumacher assault on Patrick Battiston in the 1982 World Cup semi-final.

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