England have confirmed their starting eleven for the clash against San Marino tonight.
Arsenal star Calum Chambers makes his first start for the national side, having been called up to the squad as a late replacement for Everton’s injured star John Stones.
Liverpool’s highly rated young talent Raheem Sterling (3/1 to score a brace with William Hill) also continues to occupy a central berth for Roy Hodgson’s side, having impressed considerably in that role for both his club and country and recent months.
Danny Welbeck (4/1 to score a hat trick against San Marino tonight with William Hill), who has settled in excellently for the Gunners, scoring three goals against Galatasaray in mid week in the Champions League, also plays. Welbeck was exceptional against Switzerland in Basel, scoring a brace for Hodgson’s Three Lions in the qualifying game.
England began their campaign on the right foot, scoring two and keeping a clean sheet against a side containing talents like Bayern Munich winger Xherdan Shaqiri.
They will face a different challenge against San Marino tonight, who have a side containing very few professional players.
England are 8/1 to win 7-0 against San Marino tonight at Wembley.
The line up is as follows:
Arsenal’s summer signing Calum Chambers is set to make his first start for England after being recalled to the national side, as revealed by Under 21s manager Gareth Southgate.
The defender was only called up as a late replacement after the injury suffered by Everton star John Stones, but it now seems as though he will play in the clash against San Marino tomorrow, as reported by the Daily Star.
This represents a big step up for the 19 year old star, who has played only nine minutes for the national side before his most recent call up by Roy Hodgson.
Southgate said: “It looks like Calum will play – that’s the right thing for him.
“No-one can say that playing at Wembley is not a brilliant experience – especially possibly getting a start depending on what Roy decides.”
It completes a staggering rise for the young starlet, who has emerged as one of the most highly rated defenders in the Premier League.
Chambers made a shock switch in the summer, moving from Southampton, where he began his professional career, to north London club Arsenal for £16 million, a deal that was concluded rapidly.
England Under 21 manager Gareth Southgate has praised Luke Shaw for accepting a call up to the youth national side, saying that the player has displayed hunger in doing so, as reported by the Daily Star.
The Manchester United youngster has been included in Southgate’s squad for the Euro 2015 play off games against Croatia at Molineux next week.
The call up came after Roy Hodgson left the left back out of the senior squad for the games against San Marino and Estonia, with Southgate taking advantage of the former Southampton pair to improve his squad for the crucial games.
Southgate said: “We feel that if we’re going to be successful at senior level we need players with the humility to step down.
“Luke Shaw [has] done this and when we spoke to [him, his] reaction was great and that’s really encouraging.
“We need to get away from the perception that playing for the Under 21s is a backwards step. It’s actually a development opportunity.”
Shaw has had a difficult start to his career with new side Man Utd since his summer moves.
The Man Utd left back has been used sparingly, with doubts over his fitness.
This despite the club spending a British record fee for a teenager, with the Old Trafford side having spent £27 million to sign him from Southampton.
He has also struggled to displace fellow new signing Marcos Rojo from the berth on the left hand side.
Shaw has, however, started in Man Utd’s last two games.