Roy Hodgson says it's been a difficult job selecting England's starting line-up
Roy Hodgson admitted that he has had a tough job of selecting a starting line-up for Friday night's World Cup qualifier against Montenegro.
The England manager has the eleven names in his mind, but says he must speak to the players before announcing who will begin the game at Wembley Stadium.
The Three Lions have two remaining Group H games and know that two wins will see them through to the Finals in Brazil next summer, and Hodgson has had a fully-fit 23 man squad to pick from.
"This has probably been one of the hardest selection weeks, with so many senior players available who haven't always been available," said Hodgson.
"Some of the younger players who we have brought in aren't just there to learn the ropes, either. They are making a serious knock on the door for a starting place.
"I've had to give it some serious thought but I now have my team in my head. I won't tell the team that until I've had chance to speak to individual players."
He added: "I've been with [Bayer Leverkusen manager] Sami Hyypia this week and that was one of his questions.
"As a coach, he asked about leaving players out and how difficult the task is.
"There is no easy way because if people are as keen and enthusiastic to play as you want them to be, when you tell them you've gone for somebody else there is no soft way of doing that."
Hodgson also said that his team will be playing with three points their main objective to take them one step closer to the World Cup.
However, he also warned against complacency and will ensure his team are also wary of the attacking threat posed by Montenegro, a nation England have drawn with in all of their three previous meetings.
Despite their rivals, though, the manager is confident his team can get the victory to keep them top of the group.
He continued: "We have 90 minutes to win the game and it's important that the tempo is high, we don't waste time, we want the ball back in play as quickly as possible so we can get as many attacks as we can.
"But on the other hand, we have to be aware that if we thouw beople forward without any thought of what is going on behind us, we can get punish.
"I don't need to ram that message how to the players as it's something they get in the Premier League every week."
Hodgson added: "I believe in the players, I trust in the players. We've played some big games away from the qualifiers and I've seen the team in all of these step up and do well.
"This time I think the team is even stronger on paper than it has been for a while.
"I know how determined the players are to do the job, so I have every reason to believe in them.
"We are England, we have good players and I believe they will deliver."