England face a potentially difficult match against Chile this evening, kick-off from Wembley at 20:00 GMT.
England start their preparations for the World Cup in Brazil next summer this evening in a potentially very entertaining match against Chile.
Several top class players have withdrawn from the England squad due to injury which means a great chance for some of the players who have received unexpected call ups to come into the team and impress.
England boss Roy Hodgson has resisted the urge to name his team well in advance, which adds a little bit of excitement to the mix but here is the side he could go with this evening.
GK – Fraser Forster
The Celtic goalkeeper has been putting in some superb performances for his club in the SPL and the Champions League. He appears to be a very imposing goalkeeper which is important if England take a lot of pressure.
RB – Glen Johnson
Liverpool’s star will see this as a real opportunity to express why he should be the primary right-back under Hodgson. Defensively he’s playing as well as he ever has done and he provides width going forward.
CB – Phil Jones
Centre back is where Sir Alex Ferguson said Phil Jones would be at his best for club and country. He’s a monster of a footballer, always working hard and always willing to go that extra mile defensively.
CB – Chris Smalling
Smalling has played at right-back for United this season but his best position is at centre back. He’s a very quick player, he reads the game well and will give himself the best chance of coping with Chile’s movement.
LB – Keiran Gibbs
Arsenal’s Gibbs has been arguably the best left-back in the country this season. He’s made that role his own in a very impressive Arsenal back four and he’s performed in some big games.
RM – Andros Townsend
Townsend has struggled in recent games for Tottenham but this is another good chance for him to express himself. Sides in the league have been adjusting to him tactically but Chile could offer him a little extra space.
CM – Frank Lampard
Lampard will captain the side in his 100th appearance for his country. He injects that experience into what is a very young side and he’ll be a very important player if England don’t start well, potentially going behind.
CM – Tom Cleverly
This is a very big match for Cleverley and not just in the context of his World Cup place next summer. With Michael Carrick injured, it’s also a chance for him to send a message to Manchester United boss David Moyes.
CM – Ross Barkley
The Everton man has struggled recently in similar fashion to Townsend as teams have counteracted the way he’s been playing. He can sit in the middle and he can get forward regularly to support the attack.
LM – Adam Lallana
Lallana deserves the chance to play in this game and while he could start on the left don’t expect him to stay there. He can switch flanks and also play anywhere across the middle which will make him a big attacking threat for England.
ST – Jermain Defoe
Defoe can send a big message to Andre Villas-Boas and his England boss Roy Hodgson in this game. He doesn’t have to do too much work off the ball because there is so much creativity in the midfield.
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