Hodgson Announces Nine Changes For Costa Rica
England manager Roy Hodgson has confirmed early that he has made nine changes to the team that started in the loss to Uruguay for our final group match against Costa Rica at this year's World Cup.
Speaking to the press in today's earlier press conference, Hodgson was asked to give some hints on what changes could be likely for the match, and the England manager said.
'Well, Ben Foster will play in goal. The right back will be Phil Jones. Gary Cahill will play centre half alongside Chris Smalling, and Luke Shaw will play left back. In midfield we have Milner, Lampard, Wilshere, Barkley and Lallana, and Sturridge will play up front.'
Not exactly the answer reporters were expecting, but Hodgson said the choice wasn't just to give people a run out, he says although that plays a part and for the likes of Shaw et al, it means they will get at least one good games experience under their belts this World Cup as they continue their own personal development, he has selected a squad that he believes can see us pick up a victory to restore some hope and pride as although we've gone out early having lost our opening two games for the first time in 50 odd years, Hodgson is mindful that he doesn't want to become the England manager than oversees us losing all three Group games for the first time.
Therefore the squad is.
Foster, Jones, Cahill, Smalling, Shaw, Milner, Lampard, Wilshere, Barkley, Lallana, Sturridge.
Frank Lampard will captain the side.
However, there is noticeably no place for Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain who has unfortunately suffered a recurrence of the knee injury he picked up in the friendly against Ecuador. Despite making good progress, this latest blow means he will play no part in our World Cup campaign.
'Alex had a slight recurrence of the knee problem and will be out.'
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