Hodgson set to unveil squad

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Roy Hodgson will reveal his England
squad later on Tuesday for their two
World Cup qualifiers in September
against Moldova and Ukraine.
Hodgson was at Old Trafford on
Monday night to watch the stalemate
between Manchester United and
Chelsea and will have been
impressed with a lively Wayne Rooney
display in his first start for his club
since April.
The players of England, two points
behind Montenegro in Group H with
a game in hand, will meet on Monday
at St George’s Park in preparation for
hosting Moldova on Friday September
6 before travelling to Ukraine four
days later.
Rooney started in England’s thrilling
3-2 win over Scotland two weeks ago,
but could be pushed for a starting
spot because of the current form of
Daniel Sturridge.
Tottenham’s Jermain Defoe could
make way for the Liverpool striker
who has scored eight times in his last
seven Premier League games –
including the winner against Stoke
and a stunning strike against Aston
Villa.
With Hodgson opting to announce his
squad unusually early, prior not just
to a round of Premier League fixtures,
but also midweek Capital One Cup
and European games, he is expected
to name a larger than usual party.
There should be room for
Southampton’s Rickie Lambert, who
marked his debut with the winner
against Scotland at Wembley, but one
player set to miss out is West Brom
keeper Ben Foster, who sustained an
ankle injury in Saturday’s draw at
Everton.
The Football Association is also
uncomfortable that matches between
Arsenal and Tottenham, plus
Liverpool and Manchester United, are
both taking place on Sunday.
Stoke’s Jack Butland hopes to get the
nod ahead of Celtic’s Fraser Forster to
be England’s No .3 with John Ruddy
No. 2, while Joe Hart is still expected
to start, despite some shaky form for
Manchester City in their opening two
games in the Premier League.
One other headache for Hodgson is
the transfer window and it has been
reported that Rooney and Everton’s
Leighton Baines will be excused from
the England squad for one night if
they do move clubs on Monday.
With speculation continuing over a
possible move by Rooney to Chelsea
and Baines to Old Trafford, the FA
has taken a policy decision to allow
any player involved in a transfer on
September 2 to join the squad after
negotiations have been completed.
Also hopeful of a call-up to the senior
squad are Ross Barkley of Everton and
Andros Townsend of Tottenham.
Hodgson watched both over the
weekend.

posted by janjaweed!

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