Sky Sports News sources understand that David James has been promoted to England's starting line-up to face Algeria while Emile Heskey will keep his place in attack.
Speculation has been raging over who will start in goal for England on Friday night after Rob Green's calamitous error led to last weekend's 1-1 draw against the USA in World Cup Group C.
Sky Sports News revealed earlier on Friday that veteran shot-stopper James had forced his way to the front of manager Fabio Capello's mind, despite fitness concerns, and that appears to be the case.
England's attacking options have also come under the spotlight after goal-shy Heskey and Wayne Rooney failed to click in the frustrating draw against the Americans in Rustenburg.
Jermain Defoe was thought to be in contention to replace Heskey, with a win essential against Algeria, but Capello is thought to have kept faith with the Aston Villa striker because of his team-work.
Jamie Carragher is expected to start as a replacement for Ledley King having been a half-time substitute for the Tottenham centre-back after he sustained a groin injury, which is threatening his future involvement in the tournament, against the USA.
Capello confirmed earlier in the week that Gareth Barry would return to the centre of midfield following the Manchester City midfielder's recovery from an ankle injury and James Milner is set to miss out.