Why Liverpool striker must start for England - not Sturridge

Wembley England

Roy Hodgson says he will pick a different team against Costa Rica - Frank Lampard and Rickie Lambert should be guaranteed starters.

Forget the youth for a minute, spare a thought for the veterans in this England squad.

With the future in mind, the likes of Jack Wilshere, Luke Shaw and more should definitely take part in the Three Lions' last - and essentially meaningless - clash against Costa Rica. But the first names on the team sheet must be those that have given everything over the course of their careers.

Frank Lampard is a key example. After such loyal service at Chelsea, the 36-year-old was released by the club this summer without a proper send-off. That shouldn't be the case with England.

Although the tireless midfielder is in fact suffering from tired legs at this late stage in his career, he has given his all for his country and, this World Cup, has been rewarded with a front-row seat for two dire displays.

Roy Hodgson needs to give Lampard the chance to show what he can - and could have - done. More importantly, though, such a great England servant, who most likely won't see another major tournament, deserves a true farewell in front of the watching world. Reports suggest he will captain the side.

Lampard is not the only one, however, as Rickie Lambert deserves to start just as much as any other man in that England camp.

At 32, the Liverpool striker is a relative newcomer to this England team - but the man who dreamed of playing for his national side all his life should be rewarded for another fine season in the Premier League.

"It's a difficult scenario to be in, everyone's disappointed about what's happened and the fact that we've got (just) one more game left," Lambert told the press after England's World Cup exit was confirmed. "It's been the best experience of my career and probably the worst experience at the same time.

"But we've got to be professional and we've got to give our best and get three points to finish on a high against Costa Rica."

The likes of Daniel Sturridge and Raheem Sterling have proven themselves and we already know they are the future.

By contrast, Wayne Rooney, Steven Gerrard and others have had their chance this tournament - and not produced. Let's hope both Lambert and Lampard are given theirs.

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