Pain for English players, and physio vs Italy

ROSE POWELL
Last updated 13:19 15/06/2014

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One of the English World Cup team's physiotherapists has been carried off the field on a stretcher just minutes before half time after injuring himself celebrating.

Gary Lewin, a former member of Arsenal's physio staff, appeared to pick up the injury celebrating England's 37th minute leveller - and was even carried off on the stretcher usually reserved for his players.

Lewin injured his ankle during celebratory dancing and jumping at England's first goal at the World Cup, scored by Daniel Sturridge.

Roy Hodgson's staff were seen to jump off the bench in celebration but Lewin immediately fell to the floor and repeatedly banged the ground with his fist.

The team's official Twitter account has confirmed Mr Lewin was injured during the game:

''England physio Gary Lewin was injured during celebrations for @England's goal. He has dislocated his ankle. Get well soon Gary #3Lions''

A stand-in physio has stepped onto the field to support the English team, both players and exuberant support staff.

Lewin was first team physio at Arsenal for 22 years and became an England physio in 1996 alongside his job with the Gunners.

In 2007, Lewin was credited with possibly saving Chelsea defender John Terry's life in the League Cup Final after he swallowed his tounge and Lewin, then Arsenal physio, was first off the bench to assist him.

During his time at Arsenal he was also credited with saving striker Eduardo's career after he suffered a horror leg break.

To add to England's pain, they lost 2-1 to the Italians.

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