Hodgson to make up to six England changes for Poland qualifier
Roy Hodgson is set to completely re-shape his England starting line-up for the testing World Cup qualifier in Poland on Tuesday night. The Guardian reports that the 65-year-old could make up to six changes from the XI that took the field for the comfortable victory against minnows San Marino on Friday.
While the return of captain Steven Gerrard from suspension was expected, it is believed that Glen Johnson, Joleon Lescott, Ashley Cole, James Milner and Jermain Defoe could all come back into the side for the clash against the Euro 2012 co-hosts.
The decision to field Cole for his 99th England appearance would be a controversial one, given the Chelsea left-back’s recent disciplinary problems with the Football Association and the excellent form for both club and country displayed by Leighton Baines. Additionally, Defoe’s inclusion would raise eyebrows following Danny Welbeck’s two-goal man of the match performance against San Marino.
England currently sit three points ahead of both Montenegro and Poland in Group H and would take huge step towards Brazil 2014 if they can come away from the National Stadium in Warsaw with three points.
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