Reo-Coker remaining positive
By Chris Cummings
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Nigel Reo-Coker is determined to get back into the England squad next season.
Nigel Reo-Coker is determined to push his way back into the England squad next season, after being forced to withdraw from World Cup stand-by duty due to a back injury.
A fantastic debut season in The Premiership for West Ham, which ended with arguably the best FA Cup final ever, led to Reo-Coker grabbing the attention of Sven Goran Eriksson and was rewarded with a place on the stand-by list for this summer's showpiece event.
The West Ham captain had suffered a slight slipped disc in his back which, if aggravated further, could cause serious problems.
After suffering with lower back pain for the closing few weeks of the Premiership season, Reo-Coker was sent for a scan after the problem persisted during England's training camp in Portugal.
After diagnosis, medics recommended that the midfield ace take complete rest over the summer, thus ending his hopes of breaking into Eriksson's squad.
However the 22-year-old is thankful for his chance to train with the senior players and believes that the experience will stand him in good stead for the next campaign.
"It is obviously really disappointing to have to withdraw from the stand-by list, but I obviously have to listen to the advice of the doctors and do what is best for my long term future," Reo-Coker told the official West Ham website.
"I still had a great week training with England last week in Portugal, working with world class players and top class coaches, so there is a lot I can take away from that.
"Now I must rest my back and get ready for next season, and hopefully there will be other opportunities with England in the future."
Reo-Coker was replaced on the England stand-by list by Everton midfielder Phil Neville.