Evertons Stones to make first England start

02 September 2014 09:46

Everton's 20-year-old defender John Stones will make his first England start in Wednesday's friendly against Norway at Wembley Stadium, manager Roy Hodgson revealed on Tuesday.

Hodgson announced his starting line-up to a group of journalists at the team hotel in Watford, near London, and said that Stones, who has previously made two substitute appearances, would begin the game at right-back.

Joe Hart will start in goal, with Stones joined in defence by Everton team-mate Leighton Baines at left-back and Gary Cahill and Phil Jones in the centre.

Jordan Henderson and Jack Wilshere start in central midfield, with Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Raheem Sterling on the flanks, while new captain Wayne Rooney is paired with Daniel Sturridge in attack.

"We have an interesting bench, some who can come in and play a part in the game, but that's the team who will start and play a large part of the game," Hodgson said.

Hodgson had earlier revealed that Newcastle United midfielder Jack Colback, one of four uncapped players in the squad, would miss the game after sustaining a knock on club duty.

Meanwhile, Danny Welbeck is a slight doubt after receiving a kick in training on Tuesday, a day after completing his move to Arsenal from Manchester United.

"Unfortunately in training today he did manage to receive a knock in the session," Hodgson said.

"I have been assured he is OK and that it will not rule him out, but obviously I suppose it could happen.

"I would be very disappointed if he could not play tomorrow (Wednesday) because of what happened with the last kick of the session."

England are using the game to prepare for their first 2016 European Championship qualifying match away to Switzerland on Monday.

England team to face Norway:

Joe Hart; John Stones, Phil Jones, Gary Cahill, Leighton Baines; Jordan Henderson, Jack Wilshere; Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Wayne Rooney (capt), Raheem Sterling; Daniel Sturridge

Source: AFP