Arsenal duo must impress for England against San Marino

Kieran Gibbs

Arsenal's Kieran Gibbs and Calum Chambers are set to start for England against San Marino.

Roy Hodgson's new look England squad heads into a European Championship qualifier against San Marino that it is expected to win by a wide margin, and the game is an opportunity for some of the side's new faces to impress.

Two of Arsenal's English stars in particular could make real breakthroughs in their international careers with good displays against the 208th-ranked team in the world.

With John Stones sidelined by injury and Hodgson short of right backs, Calum Chambers is almost guaranteed to be handed his first international start either at full back or alongside Gary Cahill in the centre of defence.

The 19-year-old has been highly impressive in his start to the season for Arsenal and his place in the England squad is a testament to the quality of his displays.

Prior to the start of this campaign, however, he would not have been expected to be thrown in to the starting lineup so early in his England career, and he must grasp the opportunity with both hands.

A good performance could see Chambers installed as a permanent fixture in Hodgson's squad from now on. His versatility is hugely important and his passing ability fits the type of side that the England manager is trying to build.

Kieran Gibbs, meanwhile, will make his first start since facing France in November of 2010. Hodgson has picked the Arsenal man to begin the game at left back, ahead of longtime favourite Leighton Baines.

Gibbs has been very unfortunate in his international career; he has always possessed the talent to be England's first-choice but injuries have derailed each of his past three seasons.

With Ashley Cole and then Baines ahead of him in the pecking order, and young Luke Shaw gaining enough support to be handed a spot in the 2014 World Cup squad, an opportunity to impress has been a long time coming for Gibbs.

He is widely regarded as an excellent defensive full back, but the San Marino game will afford him the chance to showcase his attacking ability. A good showing going forwards could, like Chambers, solidify his place in Hodgson's plans on a long-term basis.

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