England Manager confirms his starting eleven to face Moldova in the World Cup qualifier
England v Moldova
FIFA World Cup 2014 qualifier
8pm, Friday 6 September
Live on ITV
On the eve of England's meeting with Moldova at Wembley, Roy Hodgson has revealed his starting side for the World Cup qualifier.
Fresh from a 3-2 victory over Scotland, Hodgson has handed match-winner Rickie Lambert his full debut.
The Southampton man will spearhead a three-pronged attack flanked by Theo Walcott and Danny Welbeck. The trio all netted in that success over the Scots three weeks ago.
Hodgson also says Frank Lampard will start in midfield in what will be his 99th appearance for the Three Lions. He'll play alongside captain Steven Gerrard and Arsenal youngster Jack Wilshere.
"We've been working all week with a team, so the players would be very surprised tomorrow if I didn't name that team," said Hodgson.
"Joe [Hart] will be in goal, of course. Then Kyle Walker at right-back and Ashley Cole at left-back. We'll have the same two centre backs, Gary Cahill and Phil Jagielka.
"Our midfield will be Steven [Gerrard], Frank Lampard and Jack Wilshere, while our attackers will be Rickie Lambert, Theo Walcott and Danny Welbeck."
Hodgson was dealt a number of injury problems in the build up to this get-together, but says with the likes of Wayne Rooney, Daniel Sturridge, Glen Johnson, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Phil Jones unavailable, it presents a chance for those in the squad to impress.
"They are very important players to lose, but when a player can't make it for one reason or another it's an opportunity for the man who has maybe been sititng back trying to take his place to come in and shine," said Hodgson.
"I'm expecting Walker, Lambert, these kinds of players, to make it clear that they should be there, they deserve to be there and have the quality to be there."
He added: "We have four games and in each of those games we need results and we need wins. I'm not sure the best way to get wins is to play a team I believe could be weaker in the hope that another team will be stronger.
"I expect that if I wanted to play exactly the same team on Friday night and Tuesday night, that would be possible, barring injury."
England Team v Moldova
Joe Hart; Kyle Walker, Ashley Cole, Phil Jagielka, Gary Cahill; Steven Gerrard (c), Frank Lampard, Jack Wilshere; Rickie Lambert, Theo Walcott, Danny Welbeck
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