MANAUS, BRAZIL - JUNE 14: England trainer Gary Lewin is stretchered off the field after a leg injury during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Group D match between England and Italy at Arena Amazonia on June 14, 2014 in Manaus, Brazil. (Photo by Warren Little/Getty Images)


Manaus, Brazil - Joy turned to agony for England physiotherapist Gary Lewin when he suffered a suspected broken ankle after falling over during celebrations of their equalising goal against Italy on Saturday.

Lewin leapt off the bench to celebrate Daniel Sturridge's goal that made it 1-1 in their Group D clash, but then collapsed in a huddle of players and had to be carried from the side of the pitch on a stretcher.

He received lengthy treatment before disappearing down the tunnel. Initial reports suggested he had suffered a break.

It is the second time that injury has struck a member of England's backroom staff. Coach Ray Lewington had to have emergency knee surgery in Miami before the tournament after his knee locked during the night.

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