AJ hopes to cement England spot
Wayne Rooney recovers from his gashed thigh. Indeed, despite Rooney's absence, there is no recall for Aston Villa forward Darren Bent so Jermain Defoe is the only one of Hodgson's striking quartet who could be regarded as first choice at their club. Hodgson would doubtless argue Welbeck and Carroll in particular served him well in Ukraine this summer, and whilst there is more youth in England ranks as teenagers Jack Butland and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain are also in, along with Bertrand, there is plenty of experience as well. As anticipated, John Terry has been chosen, although the neck injury that kept him out of Chelsea's Premier League win over Newcastle last Saturday will need to be assessed once he has reported for duty. In midfield, Steven Gerrard, Frank Lampard and Michael Carrick are all named along with Manchester United youngster Tom Cleverley, who made his debut against Italy earlier this month. With Butland and John Ruddy selected as back-up keepers to first-choice Joe Hart, it means Rob Green has lost his place as understudy from Euro 2012, completing a bad 24 hours for QPR new-boy following Julio Cesar's arrival as part of the Loftus Road revolution. Kyle Walker, who missed out on the European Championships due to a broken toe, has been named at right-back along with Liverpool's Glen Johnson.