Southampton striker Jay Rodriguez will miss the World Cup in Brazil for England after the 24 year old had a horrific ruptured anterior cruciate ligament injury in the weekend against Manchester City at the Etihad Stadium. Rodriguez had to be stretchered off the pitch and sustained damage when he went for challenging a high ball as he jarred his knee after landing awkwardly in the first half. Reports claim that the swelling was so bad that right from the outset it was believed to be a horrid injury for the Saints star.

Southampton have already announced that Rodriguez will undergo a routine operation but will miss the action now for six months. The Saints star was expected to be on Roy Hodgson’s list for the 23 man squad en route to the World Cup but it now appears that the dreams are dashed for the young man who has had a terrific season for the Saints in the Premier League.

“We will do everything and wish for a speedy recovery,” said Southampton director Les Reed. “Jay is disappointed, but he is more than determined to get back to the pitch as fast as possible.” Rodriguez made his first and only, senior England appearance in a friendly against Chile last November.

Rodriguez’s loss is the second for England going into the World Cup as Theo Walcott has already been sidelined suffering the same injury against Tottenham earlier in the year. With just over two months to go for the showcase event, Hodgson might now opt for Rickie Lambert for his squad to Brazil.

Elsewhere, on Monday night Tottenham thrashed relegation threatened Sunderland by 5-1 in what was an absolute domination barring the early goal from the away side. Lee Cattermole had the Black Cats  a shock lead. But Emmanuel Togolese striker Adebayor equalized and young prodigy Harry Kane marked his first top-flight start by putting the hosts ahead after the break before late goals from Christian Eriksen, Adebayor and Gylfi Sigurdsson sealed the ruthless finishing from Spurs.

Finally, Goal.com reports Manchester City defender, Martin Demichelis, 33, is keen to end his career in MLS.  The former Malaga star who has come intense scrutiny from critics due to his poor defending has been in impressive touch over the last few weeks and with City travelling to Liverpool for a potential title decider, Demichelis and captain Vincent Kompany will have a huge role to play as they aim to keep Liverpool’s deadly duo, Luis Suarez and Daniel Sturridge at bay.