Hodgson to name unfamiliar England squad for Italy friendly
Roy Hodgson is expected to name an England squad without a number of established names for the national team’s friendly with Italy, to be played in Switzerland on August 15, the BBC has reported.
The fixture could see England line-up with a new look defence as the BBC suggests Glen Johnson, John Terry, Joleon Lescott and Ashley Cole could all be rested by Hodgson. In their place could come the likes of Ryan Bertrand, the Chelsea full-back who featured for Team GB during the London Olympics, and a pair of players who missed Euro 2012 through injury - Chelsea centre-back Gary Cahill and Tottenham Hotspur right-back Kyle Walker.
Norwich goalkeeper John Ruddy, who was originally named in Hodgson’s Euro 2012 party but had to drop out before the tournament due to a broken finger, is also fit again. Ruddy could be joined by Birmingham City youngster Jack Butland, who replaced him in the Euro 2012 squad and impressed for Team GB at the Olympics.
There is likely to be a familiar name returning, however, as Frank Lampard is also fit again after a thigh injury ended his chances of playing in Poland and Ukraine.