Southampton pair Lallana and Rodriguez expected to make England debuts

Southampton duo Adam Lallana and Jay Rodriguez are expected to win their first England caps against Chile on Friday, ESPN has reported.

Injuries have made the debuts more likely after Manchester United’s Michael Carrick and Danny Welbeck both pulled out of the squad for the game – and the follow-up next week against Germany. There are also doubts over Liverpool pair Steven Gerrard and Daniel Sturridge, increasing the chances of Lallana and Rodriguez joining club colleague Rickie Lambert as current England internationals.

Everton midfielder Ross Barkley, who made his senior international bow earlier in the season, is in line for a first start as manager Roy Hodgson begins to look at his options ahead of next summer’s World Cup in Brazil. England qualified for the tournament as group winners, avoiding a play-off as the runners-up behind the Three Lions, Ukraine, play 1998 winners and 2006 finalists France at the same time England meet Chile.

Arsenal’s Jack Wilshere is also expected to only feature in one of the two fixtures, most likely against Chile, in order to protect a nagging ankle injury that has disrupted his club appearances in recent weeks. His club boss Arsene Wenger is said to be keen for Wilshere to get some rest in order to be fit for the resumption of the Premier League – when Wilshere will come up against Southampton and his new England teammates, Rodriguez and Lallana.

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