LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 29: Joe Hart of England checks on team-mate Chris Smalling after he clashed heads trying to stop Klaas Jan Huntelaar of Netherlands scoring his team's second goal during the international friendly match between England and Netherlands at Wembley Stadium on February 29, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images)

Chris Smalling Injury: England Defender Taken To The Hospital With Head Injury

Defender Chris Smalling knocked heads with Klass-Jan Huntelaar during England's friendly against the Netherlands and was stretchered off the pitch. He has been taken to the hospital.

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Chris Smalling Injury: Defender Taken To Hospital After Collision

In the 58th minute of the international friendly match between England and the Netherlands at Wembley Stadium, England defender Chris Smalling and Holland striker Klass-Jan Huntelaar knocked heads as the two went up for a ball in the air. Huntelaar won the ball and scored a goal, but that was the least of everyone's concerns the second the ball hit the back of the net. Both players went down, and both had to be substituted out of the game.

Huntelaar left under his own power, but Smalling had to be taken off via a stretcher. He cut his head open and was bleeding profusely. Additionally, he appeared to briefly go unconscious. Though he was conscious as he left the field, there will be concerns about a head injury beyond the cut.

Following the match England interim manager Stuart Pearce confirmed that Smalling had been taken to the hospital, but did not elaborate. It is not yet known if he merely needed stitches or if he suffered a concussion when he knocked heads with Huntelaar.

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England Vs. Holland: Chris Smalling Injured In Collision

Manchester United centre back Chris Smalling has been stretchered off at Wembley Stadium after a clash of heads with Klaas-Jan Huntelaar during England's friendly against the Netherlands. The 22-year-old was attempting to defend a cross early in the second half, going up for Dirk Kuyt's delivery, but Huntelaar beat him to the ball, nodding past Joe Hart for the second Dutch goal - and then following through straight into the side of Smalling's head.

Smalling appeared to be knocked out while still in midair, and he landed very awkwardly, staying on the ground for several minutes while trainers came on to treat him. He was awake and alert when the stretcher came on, but it seems likely that he'll have to miss at least one match after that - it was a really really ugly looking collision and one that's probably caused a concussion. Club teammate Phil Jones has replaced the young defender.

Huntelaar didn't get off particularly easy either. The Schalke striker appears to have broken his nose - he too is forced off in place of Luuk de Jong.

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