West Ham thought they had boosted their back line by adding Arsenal backup Carl Jenkinson, but things haven’t panned out that way early on.
Jenkinson picked up a hamstring injury after 60 minutes of play, but that came after conceding a penalty in the team’s eventualy 2-0 loss to Malaga.
The 22-year-old right-back is the latest in a vicious flurry of injuries that have blighted West Ham’s preseason.
“Jenko has gone down with a slight hamstring and Guy Demel isn’t here and big AC [Andy Carroll] is injured,” said midfielder Mark Noble. “I don’t even think he [manager Sam Allardyce] knows his starting XI at the minute what with players coming in, players being injured and players not being quite fit yet.”
In addition to Jenkinson, fellow right-back Demel is also nursing an injured hamstring, Carroll is out for four months after ankle surgery, and new striker Enner Valencia is reportedly unable to go in their Premier League opener against Tottenham in two weeks.
Arsene Wenger sent Jenkinson on loan to Upton Park after signing both Mathieu Debuchy and Callum Chambers in the summer transfer window.
Before he was forced off, Jenkinson had brought down Luis Alberto in the box in the 29th minute after the Malaga striker embarrassed the defender with a nutmeg, forcing Jenkinson to body block his man.
He lasted another 30 minutes before stretching too far on a midfield challenge, limping off the field.
The group stage of qualification is complete, as 20 teams have clinched a berth at EURO 2016, which kicks off next summer in France.
The top-two finishers in each group automatically qualified, as did the best third-place side out of all the groups (Turkey). France qualified automatically as the host nation.
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That leaves eight third-place teams to battle for the final four spots through a two-legged play-off. The draw for the matchups will take place on October 18, and those matches will be held from November 12-17 as a home-and-home play-off.
- Czech Republic
- Turkey (automatically qualified as best third-place side)
- Bosnia and Herzegovina (qualified for play-off)
- Ukraine (qualified for play-off)
- Republic of Ireland (qualified for play-off)
- Slovenia (qualified for play-off)
- Northern Ireland
- Hungary (qualified for play-off)
- Sweden (qualified for play-off)
- Norway (qualified for play-off)
- Denmark (qualified for play-off)
The group stage of qualifying for the 2016 European Championship has come to a close, and one of the top teams in the world will not be playing in France next summer.
Netherlands 2-3 Czech Republic
The Netherlands finished second at the 2010 World Cup and third at the 2014 World Cup, but have failed to qualify for EURO 2016. Playing in front of a home crowd in a must-win match against the Czech Republic, the Dutch got off to a dreadful start, falling behind 2-0 as manager Danny Blind was forced to make a substitution within the opening 40 minutes. The Czech Republic was sent to ten men before the break, but an own-goal from Robin Van Persie made it 3-0 as the Dutch couldn’t recover. A disastrous result for the Netherlands, as big changes will surely come from the top down.
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Italy 2-1 Norway
Italy finishes atop Group H without a loss after defeating Norway 2-1 today. Norway took the lead through Norwich City’s Alexander Tettey, but late goals from Alessandro Florenzi and Southampton’s Graziano Pelle gave the Italians all three points.
Malta 0-1 Croatia
With Norway’s loss, Croatia jumped into second place in Group H and secured qualification to EURO 2016 with a 1-0 win away at Malta. Inter Milan’s Ivan Perisic scored the game’s only goal, as Croatia advances despite having one point deducted due to inappropriate actions from their fans.
Elsewhere in EURO qualifying
Turkey 1-0 Iceland
Latvia 0-1 Kazakhstan
Belgium 3-1 Israel
Wales 2-0 Andorra
Cyprus 2-3 Bosnia and Herzegovina
Bulgaria 2-0 Azerbaijan