Sterling, Gerrard and Osman to start for England

Roy Hodgson is set to hand England debuts to Raheem Sterling and Leon Osman while awarding a 100th cap to Steven Gerrard against Sweden on Wednesday evening, the Daily Mail has reported.

Gerrard and Osman will form an all-Merseyside midfield duo that, despite their similar ages, represents both ends of the spectrum of international experience. The 31-year-old Osman is in the senior squad for the first time while Gerrard, 32, is to become only the sixth player to reach three figures for the Three Lions, following Billy Wright, David Beckham, Bobby Moore, Bobby Charlton and Peter Shilton.

Sterling, a domestic teammate of Gerrard’s at Liverpool, is in line to be the third-youngest England debutant in the history of the national team, at 17 years and 332 days. Theo Walcott and Wayne Rooney were both slightly younger than Sterling when they made their international bow but only James Prinsep, 17 years and 252 days old when he made his first England appearance in 1879, is younger still.

A third England debutant, Steven Caulker, is also expected to be part of the starting XI. The Tottenham Hotspur defender will partner Chelsea’s Gary Cahill, having broken into the first team set-up at White Hart Lane this season.

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