England defender Joleon Lescott says he is devastated for Gary Cahill after the Chelsea centre-back was ruled out of Euro 2012.
Cahill left the field at Wembley after colliding with goalkeeper Joe Hart following a push from Belgium’s Dries Mertens in England’s 1-0 victory on Saturday.
The former Bolton defender suffered a double fracture of his jaw and was consequently ruled out of the tournament, becoming the fourth player from Roy Hodgson’s squad to have to pull out of the competition.
Lescott replaced Cahill after 19 minutes and helped England record their second clean sheet under the tenure of their new manager. He now looks in prime position to partner John Terry in the heart of the defence against France on June 11.
The Manchester City defender revealed he was disappointment for his team-mate and believes Mertens should have been punished more severely than the yellow card he received.
Lescott wrote on his Twitter account: “Gutted to hear Gaz is ruled out.
“The challenge that caused it was more reckless and dangerous than most two-footed tackles so why only yellow?”
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