England boss Roy Hodgson to ring changes for World Cup qualifier in Poland

Last Updated: 16/10/12 1:32pm

  • Share:
Jermain Defoe: Striker is in line to start for England in Poland tonight.

Jermain Defoe: Striker is in line to start for England in Poland tonight.

Sky Bet

Roy Hodgson is set to change half his team when England travel to Warsaw for tonight's key World Cup qualifier against Poland.

The England boss plans to bring in up to six new players after Friday's 5-0 win over San Marino, with several experienced men available again.

Ashley Cole, Joleon Lescott and James Milner were rested at Wembley and are expected to be recalled to the starting line-up, the latter for Theo Walcott, who went off with a chest injury after clashing with San Marino keeper Aldo Simoncini.

Glen Johnson is available after suspension and, with Kyle Walker suffering from a knock, should return at right-back, while Lescott is set to oust Gary Cahill from the heart of defence.

Steven Gerrard is also back from a ban and should replace Tom Cleverley in central midfield but, with Frank Lampard still struggling with a calf injury, Michael Carrick will keep his place.

Danny Welbeck scored two against San Marino but Tottenham striker Jermain Defoe is understood to have got the call to lead the line instead, Wayne Rooney again in a free role behind.

Poland have beaten England only once - back in 1973 - but their hopes of a rare victory have been dented by injuries to captain Jakub Blaszczykowski, as well as first-choice goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny, defender Lukasz Piszcek and midfielder Eugen Polanski.

  • Share:

Related

Poland v England

Joleon Lescott: Enjoys playing alongside Phil Jagielka

Lescott likes Jags pairing

Joleon Lescott is hoping he and Phil Jagielka can become mainstays at the heart of England's new-look back four.

Steven Gerrard: Disappointed not to have more points but remains confident England will qualify for Brazil 2014

Gerrard: England will qualify

England captain Steven Gerrard is disappointed not to have more points at this stage, but is confident of qualification

Roy Hodgson: Believes his England philosophy will come to fruition

Roy has faith in philosophy

Roy Hodgson will not be making wholesale changes despite the disappointing performance against Poland

Most Popular

Features

Balague: Ronaldo now a striker

Balague: Ronaldo now a striker

Guillem Balague compares the changes made by Ronaldo and Messi, while saying Valencia want big money for Otamendi.

Fantasy FC tickets

Fantasy FC tickets

The Fantasy Football Club is offering you the chance to join Darren Bent on the show this Thursday.

Carra: City's squad the best

Carra: City's squad the best

Man City have the best squad in the league, says Jamie Carragher, who feels they don't need to make wholesale changes.